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Annual Student Essay Contest

Topics

    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  https://fot.humanists.international/countries/americas-northern-america/canada/)

Eligibility

  • 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 May 22, 2022
  • Senior Category: 18-25 years old on May 22, 2022

Prizes

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 26, 2022:

  • 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
Rubric
Word Count/ Authorship/

Referencing/

Deadline

500-1000 words English (not including title/references)

Single author

American Psychological Association (https://apastyle.apa.org/)

May 22, 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: May 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST

Submit your essay with application form to this address:  essay-contest@humanistcanada.ca.

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