Autumn 2015
2015 Writing Contest Winners

Read all the winners, runners up and readers’ choice favourites in the U of T Magazine 2015 Writing Contest

U of T Magazine congratulates the winners, runners-up and “Readers’ Choice” winners in the 2015 Writing Contest.


Judges in the U of T Magazine Short Story contest selected Man and Mana,” by Amanda Lang (BA 2012 Victoria, BEd 2014) as the winner.

Judges in the U of T Magazine Poetry contest selected an untitled poem by Michael Todd (MA 1979) as the winner.

In the Flash Fiction contest, the judges chose Boxer’s Bargain,” by Alexandra Atiya. a master’s student at the Centre for Medieval Studies, as the winner.

Each of the winners received $750 and publication in the Autumn 2015 issue of U of T Magazine.

Our judging panel selected A Pilgrimage to Atalaia,” by Carmelinda Scian (BA 1994 Woodsworth, MA 2005) as runner-up in the story contest.

Somnolent Table,” by Sandra Kasturi (BSc 1984 UTM) was runner-up in the poetry contest.

And Mary,” by Marina Martin (formerly Idema), who graduated 1968 with a diploma in Physical and Occupational Therapy, was runner-up in the Flash Fiction contest.

In online voting, readers selected The Boy on the Streetcar,” by Tanaz Bhathena (BCom 2007 UTM) as their favourite.

Online voters also selected “Somnolent Table,” by Sandra Kasturi, as their favourite poem, and “Mary,” by Marina Martin, as their favourite flash fiction entry.

Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to all finalists!

Reader Comments

# 1
Posted by Shelby Tanner BEd1979 on October 13th, 2015 @ 6:28 pm

Thank you for the content published in the Autumn 2015 issue of U of T Magazine regarding the Short Story and Poetry contest. It would be much appreciated and appropriate if the judges could provide readers with some analysis/evaluation of the various works in order to offer us some perspective on their choices of winners. Specifically, for example, I would be very interested in reading a discussion of the poetry winner.

The contest is a terrific idea. However, what is missing is an instructional follow-up to the activity.

# 2
Posted by Michael Todd MAEnglish1979 on October 15th, 2015 @ 3:06 pm

I would disagree with Mr. Tanner’s comments above. I think the works need to stand on their own merit — for better or worse.

Part of the genius of the contest was adding the “Readers’ Choice” aspect to it. What is fascinating — to me and I’m sure others — is to speculate about why certain works were chosen as “the best” by the people, but not by the judges! This raises some interesting questions about literary taste and criteria, and about things like “what makes for a good short story?” vs, say, “a good flash fiction piece?”, or, “what are the elements that go into a poem that can withstand the critical scrutiny of people in the literature business”?

I have no idea, but I have my hunches.

Unfortunately, I think it would be a bad (and impossible) task for the judges to try and explain why they chose A over B in an alumni magazine format. That kind of thing should be saved for the creative writing workshop, not literary contests in a university magazine.

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