2020 Student Competition


FIRST PRIZE – $1,000

Important Dates

April 14, 2020:  Deadline for submissions.

May 15, 2020: Announcement of winners

June 5, 2020: Winners will read their works at the Laugh With Leacock evening, and will receive their awards.

Criteria for the 2020 Competition:

The three winners will be honoured at the Laugh With Leacock Night, the Friday of the Leacock Gala Weekend, June 5, 2020. Each will receive a Gift Certificate towards a humour book of their choice from Manticore Books who will be onsite that evening.  As well, they will hear excerpts from the books of the three finalists for The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and get to meet these and other professional authors.

Inquiries may be made by email to Christine Spear, Registrar - Student Awards, at studentawards@leacock.ca.

How the Student Competition is judged

To make judging as fair as possible, all entries are judged blind. Entries are opened on arrival in Orillia by a disinterested party who removes the cover page and assigns a number to the entry. The number is placed in a register, along with the student’s name and school, and the numbered entry is then passed to the committee. The register is not returned to the committee until the judging is complete.

We have three judges (they change every two years or so), who are all published authors. Many over the years have been winners of, or short-listed for, the Leacock Medal for Humour.

The judges rank and assess each work according to merit criteria, and the highest ranked three are considered winners.

Teaching Resource:

An excellent module for the post-secondary teaching of humour is available FREE from Stephen Leacock Associates.  

Download here.

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Previous Student Competitions:

2018 Student Award Winners

2017 Student Award Winners

There was no competition in 2019.

Winning Essays, 2018:

G.R.A.M.M.A.R., by Atara Juroviesky, Winner, 2018

McMission Impossible, by Sydney Force, Second Place, 2018

The Zoo, by Naama Weingarten, Third Place, 2018


Winning Essays, 2017:

The Name Game, by Ben Wrixon, Winner, 2017

Shocking Discovery: The Elusive Elderly Teenager by Lauren Radigan, Second Place, 2017

The Hair King Experience, by Narayan Subramoniam, Third Place, 2017


Winning Essays, 2016:

Orange to the Thigh, by Ben Wrixon, Second Place, 2016