Starr Writers Contest

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

Submissions for this year are currently closed.
Please watch for the next contest opening in October.

Theme

Write an essay of around 500 words 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

Eligibility

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.


Submissions

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.

Important Information

Submitting Your Work

All submissions must be the contestants’ own original work.

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

Winners will be announced at the ASEC Spring Conference. We invite those winners who are able to attend our Fall Conference to receive their awards and present their work to the membership. 

A member of the Starr Writers Committee will contact winners to confirm details.

 

How to Submit

Email your submission.

  • Save your essay as a Microsoft Word Document
  • Send the .doc or .docx file and the completed entry form to starr.asecmanitoba@gmail.com

Contest Results

2019 Winners!

There was a strong response to the Starr Writers contest this year, particularly in our ALC category. It was a challenge for the judges to have to narrow down so many compelling and inspiring stories to just three winners in each category.
 
Judging on a combination of message, voice and skill, this year we have selected the following essays as ones that honestly address the challenges and triumphs of our learners and affirm the impact our ALC and ALP programs are having among adults in Manitoba.

We congratulate our learners and sincerely thank everyone who entered this year. It’s no small effort to share your stories and put your voice out there. We are working on ways to ensure that they reach an audience where they are honoured and provide inspiration to fellow adult students and educators across Manitoba.

In the Adult Literacy Program category, our 2019 winners are:

  • First Place: Amanda Koltusky – Adult Learning on Lombard
  • Second Place: Jared Berens – Adult Learning on Lombard
  • Third Place: Curtis Worlee – Adult Learning on Lombard
In the Adult Learning Centre category, our 2019 winners are:
  • First Place: Emerica Picton – CrossRoads Learning Centre
  • Second Place: William George Nepinak – Adult Learning on Lombard
  • Third Place: Hannah Whiteway – Seven Oaks ALC
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