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Adele Slater Award for Writing on World Peace

This award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are currently registered at Laurier. The purpose of this competition is to encourage and recognize serious and skillfully written student contributions to research and reflect on world peace and its promotion. There are two $500 prizes: one for a critical essay, and one for a shorter piece of prose, poetry or fictional narrative.

The committee will consider submissions on all aspects of world peace from local to global perspectives, from military, economic and political dimensions to environmental, cultural, psychological and religious ones. Possible themes range from international cooperation and pacifism to military peacekeeping and global governance, from globalization and multiculturalism to foreign aid and environmental security.

  • Deadline: The deadline for this award is March 30th, 2018.


Submissions must be typed and uploaded electronically and submitted as part of the three-step process below. Do not put your name on the uploaded version of your submission piece as the contest has a blind jury. 

Essays and/or shorter contributions originally prepared for a course are acceptable submissions for this award.

  1. Read this entire page about the award (more details below).
  2. Click on the link provided to complete and submit the entry form before sending your piece.
  3. Attach and send the piece(s) you are submitting to thinkgobal@wlu.ca.

Essay (Between 3,000 to 3,500 Words)

For the purpose of this competition, an essay will comprise a thorough, written critical analysis, interpretation or argument. Essays will be judged according to basic criteria, such as clarity, coherence, focus and quality of research. Essays are not required to be written in a strictly academic style and should be accessible to a non-academic readership. Submissions must be typed and be between 3,000 to 3,500 words.

Shorter Piece of Prose, Poetry or Fictional Narrative (Maximum 1,000 Words)

For the purpose of this competition, this type of submission must be typed and be a maximum of 1,000 words.


The committee will examine the degree of intellectual or imaginative insight with which the significance of a well-defined topic has been explored, developed and illustrated. The competition presumes that any submission will be original, independent and unpublished work by the entrant. The university's usual expectations regarding academic integrity will be applied.

Submission Information

In the interest of impartiality, members of the selection committee do not see the names of students who submit pieces for consideration. Finalists selected will have their piece checked for originality through turnitin.com before being declared the award recipient. Only those selected as an award recipient will be contacted. We are sorry, but there will be no exceptions made to consider pieces submitted after the deadline stated above.

Students may submit no more than one piece per category and an application form must be completed for each piece you are submitting.

To enter, submit the Adele Slater Award Application Form. Good luck!