Each year, Concordia’s Department of English hands out prizes for excellence in the studies of English literature and creative writing.
The Irving Layton Awards for Creative Writing, worth $500 each, are given to undergraduate students for works of poetry and fiction. To qualify for the poetry award, students must submit a portfolio of one or several poems.
The 2015 poetry award recipient was Soili Smith, BA 15. Smith is now pursuing an MFA in creative writing (fiction) at Rutgers University in New Jersey and is assistant non-fiction editor for the online literary journal Cosmonauts Avenue.
The Prince George, B.C., native took an unusual path before arriving at Concordia for her BA in English literature and creative writing. She first earned a BSc in biology from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George and spent many years in the forestry industry. Her writing, she says, “often revolves around northern B.C., and focuses on the relationship of people to place, and vice versa.”