2014 Student Competition



FIRST PRIZE – $1,000



Criteria for 2014 Competition


PLEASE NOTE THIS IMPORTANT CHANGE: To accommodate students taking English in the fall semester, entries may be made as early as November 1, 2013, but no later than March 8, 2014.

  • Entry to this contest is limited to students of Ontario secondary schools, public and private.
  • Entry will be a humorous story or humorous personal essay.
  • Maximum length: 1,500 words.
  • Entry must have a title and be typed, double-spaced on one side of the page only.
  • Pages must be numbered, but no other identifying marks may appear on them.
  • A cover page must be included and must list the title of the submission, the name of the student, the name of the school attended, its telephone number and email address.
  • Three copies of each entry, plus the entry fee, must be mailed to Marilyn Rumball, Contest Registrar, 24 Whistler Pl., RR2, Coldwater, ON  L0K 1E0.  The entry fee is $5.
  • Entries may be made any time after November 1, 2013, but must be postmarked no later than March 8, 2014.  The winners will be announced by May 15, 2014.
  • The cash award for this year’s contest is $1,000. The first-prize winner will receive two tickets to the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Banquet held at the Geneva Park Conference Centre (near Orillia, Ontario) in June, accommodation for two for two nights, and an autographed copy of the Leacock Medal-winning book. All winners will be honoured at a soirée at the Stephen Leacock Home, Old Brewery Bay, the Friday before the Leacock Medal Award Banquet.
  • The second-place winner will receive $700; the third-place, $300. Both are invited to attend the Friday-evening soirée.

We are pleased to announce this year’s contest is again sponsored in full by Thor Motors (Orillia’s only Ford dealership) and Sun Media (publisher of The Orillia Packet and Times).

Cassie Stocks wins the 2013 Leacock Medal and TD Bank Financial Group $15,000 prize

Cassie Stocks, winner of the 2013 Leacock Memorial Medal for humour writing.

Cassie Stocks, author of Dance, Gladys, Dance and winner of the 2013 Leacock Memorial Medal for humour writing.

Dance, Gladys, Dance cover

The Leacock Associates congratulates Cassie Stocks on winning the 2013 Leacock Memorial Medal for humour — the Leacock Medal, for short — and a $15,000 cash prize from the TD Bank Financial Group for her debut novel, Dance, Gladys, Dance, published by NeWest Press: http://www.newestpress.com/books/dance-gladys-dance

Cassie’s win will be celebrated at the annual Leacock gala dinner, June 8 at Geneva Conference Centre just outside Orillia, Ontario. Ticket information to follow.



Marci J. Catania’s Qs & A with Cassie: (http://serendipitous-readings.com/q-and-a-with-author-cassie-stocks-of-dance-gladys-dance/)

Cassie Stocks was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She’s been a biker chick, a university student, an actress, and a rich man’s gardener; she’s worked as a waitress, an office clerk, an aircraft cleaner, has raised chickens, and once upon a time, was even the caretaker of a hydroponic pot factory.

In 2002, she was accepted to the Writing With Style Workshop at the Banff Centre, where she received support and encouragement from Sharon Butala and the late Gloria Sawai. Upon her return to Edmonton, she quit her job at a steel fabrication plant and applied to the MacEwan Applied Communications Degree in Professional Writing Program.

Cassie was a winner in the CBC Alberta Anthology Short Fiction contest and a student writer for the Edmonton Voices portion of the Canadian Authors Series. Her short story “The Painter” aired on CBC Radio One. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional Writing Degree with Distinction from MacEwan University in 2011.

Cassie currently lives in Eston, SK, with her son Julian. Dance, Gladys, Dance is her first novel.