As part of the commitment to the UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative, the University of Waterloo presents the Third Annual HeForShe Writing Contest, launching September 2018.
Gender equity calls for all of our voices and all of our stories. To achieve lasting change, we must connect experiences of gender to a diverse understanding of equity in the Waterloo community and in our world. Everyone in the University of Waterloo community – students, staff, faculty, and alumni – are invited to share their stories, real and imagined, about building a better and more equitable world.
The 2018-19 contest theme is ALLIES. Allies use their energy and power to call out inequity. Being an ally is both a personal identity and public action. Allies are participants, leaders, and supporters. They amplify the voices of people who share their own experiences of inequity. Allyship takes place on a spectrum from one-on-one conversations to leading movements. Participants are asked to consider how we can all be advocates for equity. Where are there opportunities for collaboration to end systemic gender inequity? Through poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, we welcome your reflections on the past and your hopes, dreams, and directions for the future. When gender equity is connected to the dream of equality for everyone, how is our world made better? Your stories are a part of the Waterloo landscape — today and tomorrow. In what ways are you #HeForShe?
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 8, 2019 — International Women’s Day.
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.
The contest opens on September 5, 2018, and the deadline for submitting entries will be October 1, 2018.