2017 competition


Entries closed on APRIL 30, 2017

FIRST PRIZE – $1,000

Criteria for 2017 Competition

  • Entry to this contest is limited to students of Ontario’s 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 Christine Spear, Contest Registrar, 8-40 Victoria Cres, Orillia, ON L3V 6N6. The fee is $5 per entry.
  • Entries are now closed. The winners will be announced around May 15, 2017.
  • The cash award for this year’s contest is $1,000. The winner will receive two tickets to the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Banquet gala held at the Geneva Park Conference Centre, June 10, 2017, accommodation for two nights, and an autographed copy of the medal-winning book. All winners will be honoured at a soiree at the Stephen Leacock Home, Old Brewery Bay, the Friday before the award banquet: June 9.
  • The second-place winner will receive $700; the third place, $300. Both runnersup are invited to attend the Friday evening soiree.

We are pleased to announce this year’s contest is again sponsored in full by Thor Motors (Orillia’s only Ford dealership) and TD Bank. 

Inquiries may be made by email to cspear875@outlook.com.