More than Marks Writing Contest

We know how hard you work on your writing, and we’re giving you a chance to show it off to the world! If you wrote something this year that you’re really proud of, we’d love to read it —because we understand that writing is about more than just marks (although marks are nice too).

Who can participate?

You must be a UTM undergraduate student in good standing.

What can you submit? 

  • You can submit any writing you’ve done for a credit-bearing UTM course this year, such as:
    • an essay
    • a review
    • a report
    • and more!
  • Your submission must be no longer than 30 pages in total (including references, tables, graphs, cover page etc.).
  • You can submit a paper exactly as you wrote it for a course, or you can revise it before submitting it to us.
  • You can submit one paper you wrote by yourself, and/or one paper that you wrote as part of a group (a maximum of two in total).

Entry Instructions & Deadline

Please submit your paper via email to no later than Friday, April 30, 2021.


  1. First-place winner(s): $150 Gift Card for the UTM Bookstore
  2. Second-place winner(s): $75 Gift Card for the UTM Bookstore
  3. Third-place winner(s): $25 Gift Card for the UTM Bookstore

Contest Winners

2020 Winners

First Place: Cathy Tran

The Craniometric Value of Foramen Magnum Length & Nasal Breadth: A Statistical Exploration of the Significance of Variation Across Sex and Populations (PDF)

Second Place: Ronda Robinson

The Other Brother: A Critical Analysis in Comparison to Frankenstein (PDF)

Third Place: Laurella Cano Jose

Rhetorical Address II: Cities are Not Built for Women (PDF)

2019 Winners

Matthew Kolisnyk

First Place: Matthew Kolisnyk

Machine Consciousness: More than just philosophically interesting. (PDF)

Myia Hellmer

Second Place: Myia Hellmer

A Review of the Metamorphic Petrology of the Appalachian Mountains (PDF)

Giorgi Buzaladze

Third Place: Giorgi Buzaladze

Finding a More Effective Way to Address Health Problems in Africa (PDF)

2018 Winners

Andrew O'Brien

First Place: Andrew O'Brien

Energy Outcomes of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster (PDF)

Avleen Grewal

Second Place: Avleen Grewal

“You are there” paper- Letters from a British Magistrate in India to his friend in England. (PDF)

Sughanda Suri

Third Place: Sughanda Suri

Alderville First Nations: The Journey for Equality (PDF)

2017 Winners

Shaishav Datta, Johnathan Davidson, and Thomas Piekut

First Place: Shaishav Datta, Johnathan Davidson, and Thomas Piekut

An exploratory surface-subsurface trace metal analysis of benthic foraminifera from San Salvador, Bahamas (PDF)

Maleeha Iqbal

Second Place: Maleeha Iqbal

Eliminating workplace gender segregation does not work (PDF)

Yan Liu

Third Place: Yan Liu

Ivan and Zosima: Existential Atheism vs. Existential Theism (PDF)