Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Public Speaking Contest FAQ

Q: What subject can I speak about?

A: This year’s theme is ‘One Earth, One World’. You can speak on a topic related to this theme.

Q: Is the contest open to international entrants too?

A: Yes. We love to hear from as many young aspiring authors as possible.

Q: Can I use the same speech that I plan to use in another event?

A: Yes you can use the same speech as long as it is related to this year’s theme.

Q: Which language can I do my speech in?

A: English

Q: What is the time limit of the speech?

A: The time limit for the speech is as follows:

Junior Group: Ages 8-10; 4-6 minute speech

Middle Group: Ages 11-13; 6-8 minute speech

Senior Group: Ages 14-17; 8-10 minute speech

Q: Are props, visual aids, cue cards, etc. allowed?

A: Yes props such as visual aids and cue cards, etc. are allowed. Note: marks maybe deducted based on the manner in which they are used.

Q: Is power point presentation allowed during my speech?

A: Yes

Q: Is there a dress code?

A: Yes. Business Casual just works fine.

Q; How will I be informed out the results?

A: You will be informed via email. Make sure that you check your email inbox and junk mail box regularly.

Q: What are the prizes for the contest?

A: All contestants will receive a participation citation. First, second and third place prizes will be handed to the winners.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Feel free to email your question to: info@canadayouth.org

Q: Do I need to take any training sessions?

The training sessions are strongly recommended.

Q: How do I sign up for the Public Speaking Contest?

A: You can resister here. You will receive a confirmation email after the registration.

Writing Contest FAQ

Q: Can I choose a different theme?

A: No. Your submission must be related to this year’s theme: ”One Earth, One World’.

Q: Do you accept stories written in other languages?

A: No. All stories must be submitted in English only.

Q: What formats can I use to write my story or narrative?

A: Submissions must be typed and submitted electronically in DOC or PDF format.

Q: Can I add illustrations to my story submission?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I submit poetry?

A: No. Only prose.

Q: Can I get help to write my prose?

A: No, co-authored submissions will be rejected.

Q: Can I submit a story that I have submitted to a different event?

A: No. You must submit a new work for consideration.

Q; How will I be informed out the results?

A: You will be informed via email. Make sure that you check your email inbox and junk mail box regularly.

Q: What are the prizes for the contest?

A: All contestants will receive a participation citation. First, second and third place prizes will be handed to the winners.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Feel free to email your question to: info@canadayouth.org

Q: How do I sign up for the Writing Contest?

A: You can register here. You will receive a confirmation email after the registration.