HeForShe Writing Contest

Presented by the Writing and Communication Centre and W Print.

As part of the commitment to the UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative, the University of Waterloo presents the fourth and final year of the HeForShe Writing Contest, happening during September and October, 2019.

"What impacts you in the present? What are you doing in the present to impact the future?"

In this final year of the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 writing contest, we invite the University of Waterloo community to share their ideas, expressions and visions on the theme of LEGACY as it relates to intersectional gender equity. Imagine how your words and creative expressions might enact allyship, inspire others and propel action.

In this call for your poems, stories and personal essays, we hope you will consider how the idea of legacy brings us here, to this moment in the present, and also how our choices today impact generations to come. Legacy ties us to one another across time. It extends and traces the choices we make today backwards and forwards, across seasons and across centuries. As we look around us now and lean forward into the future of gender equity, how do you see the legacy we carry today and imagine the legacy we can create for the future?

A $500 prize will be awarded for the top submission in each category (poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction). Selected submissions will also be included in a special University of Waterloo anthology on gender equity that will be published on March 6, 2020 at the International Women's Day Dinner.

The contest is open to all Waterloo students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and submissions must not have been previously published. Pieces submitted as part of Waterloo course work will be accepted.

Submissions Due October 1, 2019

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