Starr Writers Contest

Starr Writers Contest

This contest is named in remembrance of Jocelyn Starr, who passed away in November 2010. She was one of the founding members of ASEC and was a great supporter of her students.

Submissions are now open!

Starr 2017 Poster JPEG

Please send entries to by the contest deadline: February 28, 2017. See below for eligibility and requirements.

Download the submission form here: Starr Submission Form PDF

The poster can be downloaded here and printed for use in your ALC or ALP: Starr Poster PDF

  • If you have trouble printing the PDF you can also print the JPEG image above.


Write an essay of around 500 words or produce a video not more than 10 minutes in length on the subject of:

How attending an Adult Learning Centre or an Adult Literacy Program has changed my life.

Please include:

  • Challenges or barriers to learning you face and/or have overcome
  • Specific examples of how your life has changed since entering or completing your program


To be eligible to enter you must:

a) Be currently attending a certified Adult Literacy Program (ALP) or Adult Learning Centre (ALC) OR Have graduated from a certified ALP or ALC.

b) Be recommended by the director of the ALP or ALC.



  • Save your essay as a Microsoft Word Document.
  • Upload the .doc or .docx file using the form below.

Videos – Uploading to YouTube

  • Publish your video to YouTube.
  • Please make it as high resolution as possible.
  • Note the URL of the video.
    You will need this URL
     in order to submit your entry.


All submissions must be the contestants’ own original work.

By submitting your entry you agree to allow ASEC to publish your essay or video on our website, newsletter and/or social media and to share your entry with Adult Learning and Literacy.

Winners will be announced at the ASEC Spring Conference. We invite winners to attend our Fall Conference if at all possible to receive their awards and present their work to the membership. A member of the Starr Writers Committee will contact winners to confirm details.

Your submission must include:

  • your submission (MS Word document or YouTube URL)
  • the completed submission form (PDF Submission Form)

 Good luck to all!