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September 8, 2020

Annual Writing Contest

Thank you to all who submitted to the third annual SPACE Writing Contest.

Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions of this year's competition!


SPACE is excited to be hosting in 2020/2021 its third annual writing competition. Students from every discipline across Dawson College are invited to submit writing that encourages reflection on this year’s SPACE theme: space s.

Students can submit in one or more of three categories: prose (fiction or creative non-fiction), poetry, and essay.  Submissions may emerge from classroom work as well as independent initiatives and may be individual or collaborative. Contest winners and honorable mentions will be selected by an interdisciplinary jury of faculty.

In addition to prizes awarded in each category, there will also be an opportunity for publication on the SPACE website with an accompanying original illustration by a Dawson Illustration student.

To better understand some of the various dimensions of space s, we highly encourage participants to read and consider the description of this year’s theme, as well as to check out the thoughtful reflections on the theme by some of the Dawson Illustration students who participated in the space s poster contest, including the eventual winner, 3rd year Illustration student Miranda Clarke.

Of special note in the theme description:
-spaces as filled with potential
-the activities that spaces spark
-the relative and shifting nature of spaces
-the ways that spaces change what they contain, and the ways that those same contents change the spaces themselves
-the impact of spaces on human beings and of human beings on spaces
-the rapid and radical transformation of spaces we are witnessing through phenomenon such as climate change, Black Lives Matter and COVID-19, among others
-the crucial role of spaces in economic, social, cultural, recreational, educational and political life
-challenges to our notions about spaces
-questioning how we inhabit and use spaces-why thinking about spaces matters
-how students at Dawson and beyond might apply their understandings of spaces

Deadline to apply:
The deadline to apply to the contest has been extended to midnight on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

All participants will be informed of the results of the contest by Monday, March 22, 2021.

To make a submission to the contest, as well as to view all details and guidelines, click the "GET INVOLVED" button on the left.

You can view the winners and honorable mentions of last year's writing competition here.

We look forward to reading your perspective on space s!

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