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Awards and Prizes

English Awards and Prizes

The Helena M. Coyle B.A. Prize in English

Value: $200.

Awarded annually to the student obtaining the highest standing in First Level English courses.

Edith Ellen Bowlby Scholarship in Canadian Literature

Value: $500.

Designated for a student enrolled in level 2, 3 or 4 of an honours program in the Department of English; awarded for outstanding creative writing ability. Recipient must be a Canadian Citizen.

Eugene McNamara Scholarship in Creative Writing

Award is open to full-time undergraduate students in level 3 or 4 in the Department of English, Creative Writing Program. It is based on academic achievement (minimum cumulative GPA of 10.0) and financial need. Applicants must submit  a one page, recent example of their creative writing in any genre. Candidates must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, meeting OSAP Ontario residency requirements. Apply online by March 1.

Value (2012): $800.

Alistair & Anita MacLeod Prize in Creative Writing

Awarded annually to a full-time student registered in the Department of English, chosen by a competition
of the best fiction as judged by a Departmental committee. The candidate must have a cumulative GPA of
at least 10.0, and must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, who meets Ontario residency
requirements, and has proven financial need. Apply on-line. Deadline: March 1. 

Adele Wiseman Poetry Award

Value: $100, and publication in the Windsor Review.

Alumni English Honours Award

Value: $100.

Awarded annually on the basis of academic merit, to a student entering the second year of an Honours B.A. program majoring in English.

The Homer F. Plante Creative Writing Award- DEADLINE: June 21st, 2017

The Department of English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing is once again sponsoring the annual Homer F. Plante Creative Writing Awards Competition

During Professor Plante's twenty-three years with the University of Windsor, his enthusiasm and innovative teaching, based upon the belief that education should make people better than they would otherwise be, served as an inspiration to his colleagues and students.

He was especially interested in developing the imaginative potential of young writers and was among the first in Canada to see the value of teaching Creative Writing at the University level.

He also foresaw the importance of making Canadian students aware of their own literary heritage and was a pioneer in including Canadian authors in his courses. It is to perpetuate Homer Plante's ideals and to foster continuing emphasis upon the importance of creativity and original thinking that these awards are offered to senior high school students in his name.

The competition is open to all Grade 12 students in Windsor and Essex County


  1. TWO First Place prizes of $100 and two Second Place prizes of $75 will be awarded for poetry and fiction.
  2. Up to 5 poems and/or 20 pages of fiction may be submitted by each applicant.
  3. All submissions must be unsigned but should include the writer's name, address, year and school in a separate sealed envelope enclosed with the manuscript.
  4. Since no submissions will be returned, applicants should retain copies of their work.
  5. Winning entries and runners-up will be printed in Generation magazine published by the University of Windsor English Department.

The W.O. Mitchell $1000 Entrance Prize in English Composition - DEADLINE: June 21st, 2017
(to be applied toward level one tuition at the University of Windsor)

Open to students entering the first year of any English Major or Joint Honours program. Candidates must have a minimum 70% admission average. For consideration, each candidate must submit a copy of his/her secondary school transcript and one piece of written work (fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama).

H & E Scholarship for Excellence English
The income from this fund will be used to provide bursary support to a full-time undergraduate student registered in years 2, 3, or 4 in the Department of English, who demonstrates financial need.  Candidates must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (includes those with Protected Persons status) in Ontario who meet Ontario Student Assistance Program Ontario residency requirements.  If you have applied for a "University of Windsor In-Course Bursary" by October 31 through this awards search, you will automatically be considered for this award.


For more information on Awards, please consult the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office.