Policies for Budding Writers Contest 2020

Who Can Submit

Budding Writers Contest 2020 is only accepting submissions from students currently enrolled at Western University.


Number of entries

One entry per author (i.e, either one short story or one piece of creative nonfiction). Subsequent entries by the same entrant will be disqualified.


The word count will be adhered to rigorously.


Print entries must be typed in English and double-spaced.

The title of the submission must appear on the first page of each entry but, to ensure that judging of the entries is blind, the author’s name must not appear anywhere on the text.


All entries will initially be judged by a panel of student judges, who will select the semi-finalists. The winning entries - for each category, and the overall winner - will be chosen by our expert judges, who are professors, university faculty members, or librarians.

Find out more about our judges.

All decisions made by judges are final.

Rights and Permissions

In this open access repository, authors retain copyright. To easily show readers what can be done with these essays, we recommend using a Creative Commons license.

We recommend adding the most permissive license CC BY 4.0 which means that you must be attributed and receive credit for your writing.

However, there are other licenses which are less permissive and my also be applied

For more on selecting a Creative Commons license please refer to the license chooser and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact a librarian.

Express Agreement

Entry is taken to be express agreement to all competition rules by participants.

For more information, contact the organizer Ramtin Hakimjavadi by email.