Essay Contest

VFAJL Essay Competition

Competition Notice PDF Download

The Vancouver Foundation of Art, Justice and Liberty is a non-profit Society incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia. The purposes of the Foundation include the promotion of educational activities designed to develop an understanding of the material and spiritual values found in the heritage of art, justice and liberty, especially as they have developed from classical origins.

THE COMPETITION

The essay competition is directed at high school students in grades 10 through 12, and is open to schools throughout the Lower Mainland. Students wishing to enter must select one of the topics below and present a typewritten essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words. The selection process will take into consideration the style, approach, originality, analysis, and understanding demonstrated in the essay. The panel of markers will include educators and professionals.

TOPIC

All essays must respond to the following single topic in the context of the issue of justice:

When considering new laws in Canada, should individual rights be more important than the common good of society? Support your position using current issues such as privacy laws, assisted suicide, or the legalization of marijuana.

PRIZES

First Prize: $500.00
Second Prize: $350.00
Third Prize: $250.00

DEADLINE AND SUBMISSIONS

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015  by mail or courier at the Foundation office listed below, via fax (604) 662-7958, or via email: info@artjusticeliberty.org (see format for submissions below).

Vancouver Foundation of Art, Justice and Liberty
660 – 1188 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6E 4A2

Winning entries will be selected by May 22, 2014 and the winners notified. Competition judges may at their discretion award fewer than three prizes. An award ceremony will take place at a time and location to be announced.

FORMAT FOR SUBMISSIONS

All entries in this competition must comply with the requirements listed below. The Foundation reserves the right to refuse evaluation of non-conforming essays.

  • Essays must be typed on 8.5” x 11” paper
  • Essays should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length
  • The essay topic must appear at the top of the first page of the essay, followed by a title chosen by the entrant
  • Bibliographies of consulted works must accompany essays that have involved research
  • Each essay must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet bearing the following information:
  1. Student name and grade and school name
  2. Coordinating teacher's name (if applicable)
  • Signed release (see below)
  • Student and school names, logos or other identifying marks must not appear on any page of the essay itself (Foundation volunteers will code individual cover sheets and essays before separating them to ensure the anonymity of the entrants and the impartiality of the competition judges.)
  • Email submissions must be in .PDF format only. The cover sheet including the signed release must be scanned and attached as a separate file.
  • Digital files should be named as follows: firstinitialLastname-release-20xx.pdf (for the cover page/release) and firstinitialLastname-essay-20xx.pdf (for the essay). Example: “Sam Smith” would submit the following files: ssmith-release-2012.pdf and ssmith-essay-20xx.pdf

RELEASE

All essays entered in the competition become the property of the Vancouver Foundation of Art, Justice and Liberty and will not be returned to the entrants. The following release must be reproduced on the cover sheet of the essay, complete with signatures and date:

"I, _____________________________[INSERT NAME OF STUDENT], agree that as a condition and in consideration of the opportunity to enter the Essay Competition of the Vancouver Foundation of Art, Justice and Liberty (the "Foundation") I will accept as final the decision of the panel of markers reviewing the essays for the Foundation and hereby waive and release all rights to the essay I have submitted for the Essay Competition. I hereby grant the Foundation the right to reproduce and/or publish the essay submitted, if it wishes, in whole or in part, naming me as the author. I also agree that the Foundation may list and/or publish my name and school should I win one of the Essay Competition prizes.”

 

Signature of student: _________________________

 

Signature of parent or legal guardian: _________________________

Date: _________________________