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Annual Student Essay Contest

Student Essay Contest video


  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/ Canadian citizen studying abroad
  • Junior Category: 17 years old and younger on May 21, 2021
  • Senior Category: 18-25 years old on May 21, 2021


Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 26, 2021:

  • Jr & Sr. First Prize Essay: $1,000.
  • Jr. & Sr. Second Prize Essay: $750.
  • Jr. & Sr. Third Prize Essay: $250.
  • Honorable Mention Essays: $50
Word Count/ Authorship/



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

Single author

American Psychological Association (

May 21, 2021 at 11.59 PM PST

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?

2021 Application Form

Deadline: May 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST

Submit your essay with application form to this address:

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