The Cécile E. Mactaggart Travel Award for Narrative Writing

$12,000 Travel Prize

In 1999 the Faculty of Arts established the Mactaggart Writing Award with a gift from local philanthropist Dr. Cécile E. Mactaggart.

The award is intended to showcase excellent writing in the Faculty of Arts and to highlight the importance of travel for lifelong education. The award will provide up to $12,000 to support a new and stimulating travel experience for the winner. It is not intended to fund research travel.

This is a writing competition, and there are 2 competitions run annually in the Faculty of Arts, both run simultaneously. One for undergraduate students, and one for teaching staff members.

Deadline for Application: 2024 TBD

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Student Application Form

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Application information:
  • Your composition should be an original essay or short story of 2,500 to 3,500 words on any topic, however, the entry must be a work of fiction. The work must be written specifically for this competition.
  • Submissions must include completion of the official application form that details the author's travel interests.
  • Entries must be uploaded to the Google Form and will be accepted in Word or PDF format only. Entries received in hard copy will not be accepted for adjudication.
  • Entries should be submitted via the applicable Google form prior to the deadline. Late entries will not be accepted.

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Previous Winners

Reluctant Alpha Dogs by Corrinne Harol

She, Me, They by Lin Snelling

Teaching Staff

Myth, Rosin, Dust: A Trinity by Garrett Faulkner


Bodies by Shelby Drozdowski

Teaching Staff
Teaching Staff

Leaving China by Amy Kahler