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Essay Contest Details and Timelines

What is the Turning Points program?

Teachers and peers help students through a process of self-reflection and discussion about a significant event – a turning point – in their lives. Students then write an essay about that event to relate its significance to their present situation – and to their future. They are then encouraged to submit their essays for formal evaluation, recognition, and publication in an annual anthology. Those chosen for publication receive cash prizes, engraved plaques, a copy of the anthology, and are invited to recognition events in their area.
 

What are the criteria for the submission of Student Essays?
 
 
Students currently in Grades 6-12 whose teachers have registered for the program are eligible to submit essays in consultation with their teacher. It is suggested that student essays be assessed/evaluated in the classroom as part of the Language (English/French/ESL/ELD) program.

Essay Requirements:  

1. Essays must be authentic (true story)

2. Essays must adhere to the maximum word count for the grade level:
Group A Grade 6: 250 to 350 words
Group B Grades 7 and 8: 350 to 500 words
Group C Grades 9 and 10: 500 to 700 words
Group D Grades 11 and12: 800 to 1,000 words
 
3. Essays must have an effective title (note that "My Turning Point" or "Turning Point essay" will not be accepted). Title is not included in the word count.
 
4. Student name must not appear on the essay pages.
 
5. Essay font must be Arial, size 12.
 
6. Entries will be assessed on the basis of originality of thought, clarity of language, organizational structure, use of conventions such as grammar and spelling, understanding of a "turning point" and impact on the reader.
 
7. Once an essay is submitted to The Learning Partnership, the essay becomes the property of The Learning Partnership.
 
8. Students whose essays are chosen for inclusion in the Anthology of Winning Essays will read their essays at the awards event.
 

 

Alberta

Essay Submissions Open
Calgary: February 19
Lethbridge: February 19
Essay Submissions Close
Calgary: February 23
Lethbridge: February 23
Student Success Awards Event
Calgary: May 10
Lethbridge: TBA

Manitoba

Essay Submissions Open
Winnipeg: April 11
Essay Submissions Close
Winnipeg: April 18
Student Success Awards Event
Winnipeg: May 28

New Brunswick

Essay Submissions Open
February 5 (Middle School)
March 12 (High School)
Essay Submissions Close
February 9 (Middle School)
March 16 (High School)
Student Success Awards Event
May 23

 

Newfoundland & Labrador – East

Essay Submissions Open
St. John’s: April 9
Essay Submissions Close
St. John’s: April 13
Student Success Awards Event
St. John’s: June 1

Newfoundland & Labrador – Central

Essay Submissions Open
Gander: March 22
Essay Submissions Close
Gander: March 29
Student Success Awards Event
Gander: May 17

Newfoundland & Labrador – Labrador

Essay Submissions Open
Goose Bay, Wabush, Church Falls: March 22
Essay Submissions Close
Goose Bay, Wabush, Church Falls: March 29
Student Success Awards Event
Goose Bay, Wabush, Church Falls: May 10
 

Newfoundland & Labrador – West

Essay Submissions Open
Corner Brook: March 22
Essay Submissions Close
Corner Brook: March 29
Student Success Awards Event
Corner Brook: May 31

Nova Scotia

Essay Submissions Open
Halifax: March 5
Essay Submissions Close
Halifax: March 9
Student Success Awards Event
Halifax: May 15

Ontario

Essay Submissions Open
Brantford (NPAAMB): March 8
Essay Submissions Close
Brantford (NPAAMB): March 21
Student Success Awards Event
Brantford (NPAAMB): May 10
 

Ontario, GTA

Essay Submissions Open
March 8
Essay Submissions Close
March 21
Student Success Awards Event
May 8

Ontario, North Bay

Essay Submissions Open
March 8
Essay Submissions Close
March 21
Student Success Awards Event
May 8

Ontario, Sudbury

Essay Submissions Open
March 8
Essay Submissions Close
March 21
Student Success Awards Event
May 9
 

Saskatchewan

Essay Submissions Open
Estevan: April 2
Essay Submissions Close
Estevan: April 6
Student Success Awards Event
TBA

Dragons' Nest registration
 

Cash prizes will be awarded for essays recommended by a panel of judges.

 

Prizes will be awarded at an Awards Celebration event (exact dates for each location are on the timeline to which finalists, parents, teachers, principals, trustees, directors of education, members of the steering committee, and judges will be invited.

 
 
For more information, contact:

info@thelearningpartnership.ca
 
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