Undergraduate Student Essay Contest

Subject: Any topic in the general field of religious studies
Language: English or French
Length: minimum 2500-maximum 5000 words, typed and double-spaced (word count does not include footnotes or bibliography)
Eligibility: Any undergraduate currently registered in a Canadian university or college. Limit one entry per student.

Entries which do not meet these criteria will not be eligible for consideration.

First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $100
Deadline: August 1, 2023

Requirements: Essays do not need to be written specifically for this contest. They may be assignments from a course. Essays that have been previously published or are forthcoming publications are eligible. Essays must be accompanied by a letter of confirmation from a member of the sponsoring religious studies department or programme, certifying the degree and programme status of the student, and indicating that the student is in good standing in that university or college. Essays must be sent in Word or text format (PDFs will not be accepted).

Student winners will be announced and invited to present their papers during the CSSR Webinar Serie 2023-2024 (date to be confirmed). More information will be circulated to members closer to the date.

Students entering the contest must submit the entire essay application, including all forms and letters of certification by email to CSSR Members-At-Large: Kalpesh Bhatt (kbhatt@umw.edu) and Jacqueline Giesbrecht (19jdg@queensu.ca.

Students must include their full mailing address on the first page of the essay, attach this form (as a PDF) or this form (as a fillable word document), and a letter of certification from their programme, by midnight on August 1, 2023