(Terry and the Global Citizenship Seminar Series is a joint TLEF initiative of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science, with support from the Michael Smith Laboratories, VP Students, UBC Campus Sustainability Office, UBC Okanagan, UBC Bookstore, UBC Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program, and the Chan Centre for Performing Arts.)

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The UBC Bookstore and Terry are pleased to announce a writing challenge, and a grand one at that. There will be three sets of prizes available, which involve the hunt for pieces in the following categories.

1. Creative pieces that perhaps work best to subtlety elicit awareness of the myriad of global issues presented in this website. These pieces could take the form (but are not limited to) poetry, fiction, literary humour, visual, audio, and/or personal essay.

2. Being subtle is one thing, but what is it that makes an individual rise up to action? We are certainly curious. Therefore, the second category seeks out non-fiction pieces, that can take the form of academic essay, review/textbook article, commentary, and/or critical analysis. More importantly, these pieces should discuss some aspect of the general themes that our speakers represent, in an attempt to help formulate (whether by describing methodology or simply by education) proactive responses.

3. Oh and by the way – the first two categories are limited to those from the UBC community (students, staff and/or faculty). But rather than confront the ensuing anger from our non-UBC readers, we are pleased to also present a third category, open to all. This simply entails submissions culled from the general public that would fit in either category, perhaps even both. Well, maybe not both. Well, who’s to say really.

Pieces should be no longer than 2000 words (because our eyes might actually turn off at that point), and can happily be something you have to write anyway for your courses. The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2006. Previously published material (where permission is obtained) is just fine although may be considered less competitive than original works. Please inquire with specifics regarding audio or visual pieces. Note that the author retains full copyright of any work published on our site, although we would love to be credited with showing it off. Oh yes, and all of this, please send to tscq@interchange.ubc.ca, subject heading “Terry.”

Now, the prizes…

In all categories, we are please to have a first, second, and third prize available (that’s nine prizes in total), in the sums of $500, $250, and $125. Prizes will be available as UBC Bookstore giftcards which are valid in all retail locations and can also be used on the store’s website. Also, note that UBC winners may be asked to participate in a UBC Bookstore promotional event.

Then, of course, they kissed, handed in that paper/creative piece that they had to write for a course anyway, and lived happily ever after.