Writing Contest

In order to encourage further participation, The Canada Youth Public Speaking Contest has decided to include a Writing Contest as well. 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 year 2020, due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be a turning point in the way we perceive challenges and the way we can 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, and that is the impact of challenges, whether great or small, such as climate change, pandemics, or even choosing a career path can be turned into opportunities for growth, through making small changes in our attitudes and the way we influence others.

We firmly believe that it is important that students are provided a platform to express what they are passionate about. Therefore, this year’s competition aims to give that opportunity to youth from all over the world to present their thoughts on the following:

Small changes, Big Impact

Who Can Enter the Contest?

Junior Group: Ages 8-10, 800-1000 words

Middle Group: Ages 11-13, 1000-1200 words

Senior Group: Ages 14-18, 1200-1500 words

Important Dates

Registration: June 30th, 2020

Submission Deadline: August 1st, 2020

Awards release: August 30th, 2020

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  • Submissions must be original and unpublished.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: askme@apass.ca.
  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?

The registration for 2020 is closed now.

2020 Winners

Junior Group

First Place

Kailin Huang, Lord Kitchener Elementary School, Vancouver Canada

Second Place

Ella Lung, Hope Lutheran Christian School, Vancouver Canada

Third Place

Rithika Bimsilu, Sri Lankan School, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Honorable Mention

Yutian Zhang, Xiangyin Road Primary School, Shanghai P.R.China

Middle Group

First Place

William Lu, Shaughnessy ElementarySchool, Vancouver Canada

Second Place

Ishika Linoj Kumar, Coyote Creek Elementary School, Surrey Canada

Third Place

Gabrielle Shine, Lower Canada College, Montreal Canada

Alex Zhu, University Hill Secondary School, Vancouver Canada

Honorable Mention

Yenuli Binara, Sri Lankan School, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Senior Group

First Place

Fiorella Mezarine, Father Leo J. Austin CSS, Oshawa, Canada

Second Place

Sophie Zhong, Lord Byng Secondary, Vancouver Canada  

Third Place

Cindy Zhang, Southridge School, Surrey Canada

Vivian Zhang, Pacific Ridge School, Carlsbad, USA

Honorable Mention

Kevin Jinde Zhang, St. George’s School,Vancouver Canada

See you in 2021!