Writing Contest

Consider as the essay contest of Canada Royal Commonwealth Society, the Canada International Youth Essay Contest comes to its second year. This new initiative aims to empower the next generation of thinkers and leaders by cultivating a passion for self expression through writing in youth while fostering education and creativity.

In the past two years, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, there was a turning point in the way we perceive challenges and the way we equip ourselves to use them to grow as responsible individuals. A small virus seems to have changed our entire outlook and the world around us.

However, one thing is certain! The varying levels of challenges, such as climate change, global pandemics, and even choosing career paths, can become opportunities for growth. This is achieved through changes in our attitudes and how we interact with others.

We have all been challenged and sacrificed a lot in the past two years. We had to modify our lifestyles to help contain the virus and had to learn to be accountable for our behaviours to protect our communities. The fight against COVID-19 required a massive global cooperation. As such, the theme for our speaking contest this year is:

One Earth, One World

Who Can Enter the Contest?

Participant’s age on August 28th, 2021
Junior Group: Ages 8-10; 800-1000 words
Middle Group: Ages 11-13; 1000-1200 words
Senior Group: Ages 14-17; 1200-1500 words

Important Dates

Registration Deadline: August 22nd, 2021

Submission Deadline: August 22nd, 2021

How to Enter?

  • Limit one (1) one Submission per author. At any time during the Contest Period, entrants must use the same email address.
  • Duplication or any attempts to exceed the maximum number of entries per author is a violation of these Contest Rules and may result in disqualification.
  • Submissions must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
  • Submissions must be written by one person. Co-authored submissions are not accepted.
  • Copyright of the submissions entered will be assigned to the event organizer.

Submission Guidlines:

You may submit one of the following formats:

  • Essay
  • Short Story
  • Narrative
  1. Entries must be submitted online via email: info@canadayouth.org
  2. Include your full name, age group and your submission title in the email subject. Missing any of the above information will not be considered.
  3. Ensure that your submission follows the checklist below:
  • Does my submission have a title?
  • Does my story have rising action, a climax, and a conclusion?
  • Are my sentences complete? Have I checked the spelling and punctuation and grammar in my story?
  • Does my submission meet the words requirement?


Junior Group

First Place: Yolanda Ji, Medina Elementary School, Medina, WA USA

Second Place: Olivia Pang, Southpointe Academy, Delta BC Canada

Third Place: Declan Yulun Wu, Walton Elementary, Coquitlam, BC Canada

Middle Group

First Place: Annie Zhao, Crofton House School, Vancouver BC Canada

Second Place: Angelina Guo, James Whiteside Elementary, Richmond BC Canada

Third Place: Debbie Li, York House, Vancouver BC Canada

Senior Group

First Place: Rishab Chakraborty, Bloor Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON Canada

Second Place: Daniel Zhang, St. John’s School, Vancouver BC Canada

Third Place: Michelle Lin, West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver BC Canada

Third Place: Ryan Li, Prince of Wales Secondary, Vancouver BC Canada