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Annual Student Essay Contest


    1. Humanism and society (e.g., religious schools, blasphemy laws, climate change, etc.)
    2. Humanism and well-being (e.g., sexual and reproductive health, dying with dignity, etc.)
    3. Another Humanist issue (e.g., issues discussed in Humanist International’s Freedom of Thought report


  • Anyone enrolled in a Canadian educational institution or any Canadian citizen enrolled in an educational institution abroad
  • Junior Category: 17 years old and younger on Sunday October 16, 2022
  • Senior Category: 18-25 years old on Sunday October 16, 2022


Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday November 20, 2022:

English or French Essays:

  • Jr & Sr. First Prize Essay: $1,000
  • Jr. & Sr. Second Prize Essay: $750
  • Jr. & Sr. Third Prize Essay: $250
  • Award of Distinction Essay: $100
  • Honorable Mention Essays: $50


Word Count500-1000 words English (not including title/references)
AuthorshipSingle author
ReferencingAmerican Psychological Association (
DeadlineSunday October 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST
Judging Criteria
Essay PremiseDoes your essay make a specific case, assert a viewpoint, argue a position, or claim a conclusion that is clearly and concisely worded?
Essay JustificationDoes your essay give reasons why your case, viewpoint, position or conclusion is reasonable and logically derived?
Evidential SupportDoes your essay cite specific evidence, facts, or research?
Essay DefenseDoes your essay discuss the views and arguments of those who may disagree with your case, viewpoint or conclusion?
Essay ClarityIs your essay free of spelling errors or grammatical errors?

2022 Application Form

Deadline: Sunday October 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST

Submit your essay with application form to this address:

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