Literacy Contest

Essays & Poems

Contestants are challenged to exercise their creativity and write an essay and/or poem on the theme of Remembrance. This is a contest to select the most suitable essays and poems submitted by students in the Canadian school system. 


When is the contest held?

  

Contests are held each year just prior to Remembrance Day by local Legion branches throughout Ontario Command. Winners of local contests have the opportunity to compete against other branch level winners at zone level, zone winners participate at district level, district winners at provincial level and provincial winners then compete at the Dominion or national level.


Categories

  

The contest is divided into three categories. 


CATEGORY 1: SENIOR • GRADES 10, 11, 12 Candidates will submit a composition in prose of not more than 800 words or a poem of not more than 32 lines.


CATEGORY 2: INTERMEDIATE • GRADES 7, 8, 9 Candidates will submit a composition in prose of not more than 500 words or a poem of not more than 32 lines. 


CATEGORY 3: JUNIOR • GRADES 4, 5, 6 Candidates will submit a composition in prose of not more than 350 words or a poem of not more than 32 lines. 


Rules and Regulations 

  

  1. All entries to be submitted to the local Legion branch. 
  2. This contest is open to all students in the Canadian school system. 
  3. Entries may be submitted in either English or French. 
  4. Entries will be marked on the basis of originality of thought, expression, presentation, grammar, spelling and Canadian content. 
  5. Candidates must complete an official Registration Form, available from the local Legion branch or on line at legion.ca/contests, and attach it to their entry
  6. Candidates will use only one side of the page. 
  7. Entries must not exceed the word or line limit. 


Contestants may submit an Essay and a Poem, but may submit only one entry for each category.


More information can be found on the Ontario Provincial Command website.

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Students who have been out of the educational system for more than two consecutive years are ineligible to compete in the Literary Contest at any level.