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Essay Contest

Essay Contest Details & 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 an 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 800 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.

Turning Points / Moments tournants:  Spring 2019 Essay Submission Dates and Awards Events
Region Essay Submission Site Opens Essay Submission Site Closes Student Success Awards Event
New Brunswick
Middle School
( FI and Eng)
Feb 11th
Feb 15th
May 15
New Brunswick
High school (9&10)
Feb. 18
Feb 21st
Newfoundland & Labrador - Avalon
St. John’s
April 8 April 12 May 28
Newfoundland & Labrador­ - Central
April 8 April 12 June 6
Newfoundland & Labrador - Labrador
Goose Bay, Wabush, Church Falls
April 8 April 12  
May 23
Newfoundland & Labrador -  West
April 8 April 12 May 30
Brantford (NPAAMB)

April 1

April 15
March 8 March 27 June 13
North Bay
March 7 March 25 May 7
March 7 March 25 May 8
March 25 March 28 June 10