The contest (sponsored by the university's mstore) invites students to submit creative and/or critical essay responses inspired by the current Book of the Year.
Submissions are judged by MacEwan University's Book of the Year committee members and two prizes of $750 will be awarded.
- Creative projects are inspired by the structure, style, themes and characters of the novel.
- Both individual and collaborative work will be accepted.
- Creative projects can have a visual component in any medium (e.g., book trailers, video performances, visual designs, fine art, poetry, short fiction, etc.) – be creative!
- Should be accompanied by a written summary outlining the project’s goals – what its creator(s) wanted to achieve – and outlining the relationship of those goals to the book.
- An academic essay that analyzes a significant literary or thematic aspect of the novel.
- Only original, individual, well-documented work will be accepted.
- This may or may not be a research essay.
- There is no strict word limit for submissions; however, the suggested range for essays is between 1,000 and 3,500 words.
1. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover page that includes the student’s full contact information:
- Program and year of study
- Mailing address
- Phone number(s)
- Email address
- Word count of submission
Aside from the cover page, do not put any identifying information on your submission.
Your submission should be saved in electronic form (.docx, PDF, .mp4, .mov etc.) and sent as an attachment or shared file to
email@example.com. Please type "Student Contest Entry" in the subject line.
2. Submissions that cannot be submitted electronically should be dropped off in person to CAFÉ (CCC 7-266) during regular office hours or mailed to:
MacEwan University Book of the Year
Student Contest Entry
Room 7-266, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2
3. Applications must either be submitted electronically or in person to CAFÉ (7-266) by no later than April 3, 2018 at 4:30 PM. Late entries will not be accepted.
4. We expect to announce the winning entries by April 6, 2018.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016/17 Winning Entries – for Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven
- Rolando Bautista – Creative Project winner
- Jessica Dubauskas – Critical Essay winner
- Hannah DeWitt – Critical Essay honorable mention
- Sharissa Johnson – Creative Project honorable mention
- Janine Heber – Creative Project honorable mention
- Jessica Maclean – Creative Project honorable mention
2013/14 Winning Entries – for Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse
- Elisia Snyder – Creative Project honorable mention
- Paulina Van Vliet – Creative Project honorable mention
- Farron Wielinga – Critical Essay honorable mention
2012/13 Winning Entries – for Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table
2011/12 Winning Entry – for Angie Abdou's The Bone Cage
- Karla Weder – Critical Essay winner