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Penguin Random House of Canada
Student Award for Fiction

For thirteen years the School of Continuing Studies has offered this annual fiction contest for students in our Creative Writing program, with the valued support from Penguin Random House Canada. The School of Continuing Studies would like to thank Penguin Random House Canada for establishing this award and for bolstering their commitment to emerging writers; in 2012 Penguin Random House Canada pledged to double their current endowment over five years.

As part of the award, Penguin Random House Canada produces a beautiful chapbook, Three (PDF), featuring the works of the top three finalists. We are proud of the many of the winners and finalists over the years who have gone on to be published and gain audiences here and abroad.

Next year’s deadline is Friday, May 26th, 2017.

2016 Penguin Random House Student Award for Fiction Finalists:

Our sincere congratulations to the 2016 winner – Donna Tranquada!

Title of Entry
Name of Instructor(s)
Donna Tranquada
Howler Alexandra Leggat
Honourable Mentions Title of Entry Name of Instructor(s)
Leslie Carlin

Good Steps

Alexandra Leggat
Marianne K. Miller The Prisoners’ Tale Marina Endicott
Finalist Title of Entry Name of Instructor(s)
Christine Booth Ellie’s Hair Emily Schultz
Christopher Cameron Holy Water, Wash Me Clean Terry Fallis
Glenn Garnett The Last Chance Dance Eve Silver
Wendolyn Hodgson Fluent in Goodbye Trilby Kent

Miriam Toews

Donna Hughes Bright Shiny Things Eve Silver
Yiming Ma Love | Ramen Pasha Malla

Kim Echlin

Wendy M. Wilson When We People the Land Marina Endicott