July 1 UPDATE: The entry deadline is now the SAME as the SUBMISSION deadline. The new deadline for both is Sunday, July 19

ELIGIBILITY

  • Open to ALL Age Groups: ADULTS and KIDS from Kindergarten to Grade 12 attending any public, catholic or private school in Halton and Mississauga
  • Entries must be made by either the parent or guardian of minor contestants.

HOW To ENTER?

  • The entry fee is $ 10 per person. Please send an e-transfer to contests@oakvilleinspired.com to confirm your participation.
  • At any time during the Contest Period, entrants may only use one email address to reach out to us with questions
  • Every entry must have the name of the child, their Grade and the school they attend in the Halton School Board written at the top left corner of their word doc
  • Every essay should be within the word limit mentioned for each grade below

File format and submission

  • The text must be typed and submitted as a .doc or .docx file format. (parents/guardian can assist with inputting the story)
  • Word doc should be format in 12 pt type in Arial font in black colour.
  • Do not submit any images with the essay as this is an essay contest only
  • High School students have the option of creating a 1 to 2-minute video on the same topic. The Judging criteria will be the same as the essay.

Essay checklist

  • Every essay must have an interesting introduction, a body copy and an end
  • We encourage families to identify one lesson they’d like to write about. Then read about it together as a family and discuss a few times before writing the essay.
  • Please include original ideas, researched facts and good catchy introduction  ( often called a hook)
  • Maximum weightage will be given to the originality of thought and the ideas expressed in the essay. There will be some weightage for grammar and language skills too, Please see the details in the Judging Criteria
  • Please check the grammar and the spelling before you email your entry
  • Resubmissions will not be allowed so please  email your final entry only once

Judging Criteria

During the Contest Period, all Submissions will be reviewed by a panel (the “Judging Panel”) which will include at least 5 individuals selected from a variety of different backgrounds and occupations. The Judging Panel will review the Submissions which will be judged on originality and quality of writing. Each Submission will be judged on the following criteria

  • 40% reflection and depth of thoughts and ideas based on the contestant’s grade
  • 20% Research, facts included in the essay
  • 20% Language, power of expression
  • 20 % Structure and flow

Each Submission will receive a score, expressed in the number of points out of a maximum possible of 100, on each of the four parts of the Judging Criteria. These four scores will be added together and weighted according to their percentage importance for a total number of points awarded to the Submission.  if two or more Submissions finish with the identical score, all Submissions receiving the highest score will be selected as potential winners and will share equally in the prize award.

Essays must not contain unsuitable materials such as abusive, obscene, offensive, and profanity language. Essays should not contain any plagiarized content.

Prize

The following winners will be chosen for every grade:

  1. Best entry – 1st prize
  2. Second prize
  3. Third prize
  • Every winner will receive a certificate and a gift card.
  • Winning entries will also be published on the Oakville Inspired website
  • All winners will be announced on a Facebook Live session. Please stay tuned for the exact time and date. The names will also be published on the Oakville Inspired website
  • Certificates and cards will be sent electronically to all the winners
  • A few surprise prizes may be given away.

Word Limit

Elementary School

Word limit:
100 – 250 (Grade 1 to 3) Words
250 – 400 (for grades 4 to 6)  Words

Structure:

    • Hook – an attention grabbing introduction

li> State one lesson learned

li>  Reason 1 on why and what you learned with supporting research and facts

li>  Reason 2 on why and what you learned with supporting research and facts

  • Summary and Conclucsion

 

Middle School

Word Limit:
500 – 700 Words

Structure:

    • Hook – an attention grabbing introduction

li> State one lesson learned

li>  Reason 1 on why and what you learned with supporting research and facts

li>  Reason 2 on why and what you learned with supporting research and facts

li>  Reason 3 on why and what you learned with supporting research and facts

  • Summary and Conclucsion

 

High School

High School kids can also create a 1- 2 minutes video on the same topic — life lesson learned from the COVID pandemic

Word Limit:
700 – 1000 Words

Structure:

    • Hook – an attention grabbing introduction

li> State one lesson learned

li>  Reason 1 on why and what you learned with supporting research and facts

li>  Reason 2 on why and what you learned with supporting research and facts

li>  Reason 3 on why and what you learned with supporting research and facts

  • Summary and Conclucsion

 

Conclusion

 

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