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2014 Essay Contest Results


Contest: Post-Secondary Student Short-Essay Contest

Essay Topic: Please provide a Canadian perspective on the following:

Why should young people care about government debts, deficits and/or unfunded liabilities?


1st Place: $500 - "The Credit Card" - Renaud Brossard
2nd Place: $250 - "A Future Worth Fighting For" - Michael Stuart
3rd Place: $100 - "Be Mindful of Your Creditors" - Matthew Lau


The winning applicants will be judged on both style and content, with a specific emphasis on the persuasiveness of the argument presented. Quality of writing will also be considered, in addition to the understanding of core concepts of the Generation Screwed campaign. To ensure the anonymity of our participants, essay cover sheets are removed during the evaluation process. Applicants will be judged by a panel of judges from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Generation Screwed. The winner's names are unknown to judges until after essays have been ranked and the contest results finalized.

Eligibility Requirements/Rules:

  1. The contest is open to all Canadian post-secondary students, studying in Canada or abroad. A student is defined as someone who attends school in the 2013/2014 academic year.
  2. Entry must include a typed essay/commentary of 450-750 words, and a cover sheet including the student's name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Students should also include school, major, student number and year of graduation in their submission.
  3. Entries may be submitted as either a Word or a PDF document
  4. All entries are to be emailed to info@generationscrewed.ca by the contest deadline.
  5. Entries must include references cited from academic sources if/where appropriate. Any academically acceptable referencing style may be used.
  6. The cover page, references and image/graph captions are not included in the word limit.
  7. Entries will be judged on originality, clear expression of ideas, and understanding of core concepts related to the Generation Screwed campaign.
  8. Decisions of Generation Screwed judges are final.
  9. All entries become the property of Generation Screwed and its parent organization the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. In addition to receiving cash prizes, applicants may be published online or in The Taxpayer magazine once they have gone through the peer review process.
  10. Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company or organization.
  11. Failure to abide by any of these rules may lead to disqualification from the contest.
  12. The deadline is March 31st, 2014.