Are you interested in participating in a Remembrance Contest?

The Legion National Foundation, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion and schools across Canada promote youth remembrance and education with the Youth Poster and Literary Contest. 

Students from Grades 1 to 12 are invited to submit their creative works 

Enter a literary or poster contest, or both. Here are all the details.

Literary Contest Requirements

Literary Contest Participants can submit an essay, composition, or poem with a Remembrance theme in either English or French. The judging criteria for your submission include originality of thought, expression, presentation, grammar, spelling, and Canadian content. Students participate in one of three groups according to their grade:

  • Senior: Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Intermediate: Grades 7, 8, 9
  • Junior: Grades 4, 5, 6

You can enter as many contests as you wish but can submit only one entry per category.

Poster Contest Requirements

Poster Contest Participants submit their work in black & white or in colour using the theme of Remembrance and what it represents to them. Submissions are judged based on originality, expression, drawing, and illustration. There are four student levels based on grade, including:

  • Senior: Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Intermediate: Grades 7, 8, 9
  • Junior: Grades 4, 5, 6
  • Primary: Grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3

You can enter as many contests as you wish but can submit only one entry per category.

How does the judging work for Remembrance Contests?

Winning entries are selected at the Legion Branch and Provincial Command levels and then forwarded to The Legion National Foundation in Ottawa. There, a panel, including artistic professionals judges the work, and the national winners are named.

As well as that great feeling of having won, there are also Remembrance Contest prizes.

Poster Contest Winner Prizes

The winning poster entry in each category at the national level is displayed publicly at the Canadian War Museum from October 28 to October 16 of the following year. Second-place and third-place Poster Contest winners are displayed in the Parliament Buildings during the Remembrance period in November. 

Literary Contest Winner Prizes

The first place Senior category winners in the Literary Contests are displayed at the Canadian War Museum from October 28 to October 16 of the following year.

All Winners

First-place winners in all categories and their school receive a plaque.
The Legion National Foundation sponsors a trip to Ottawa to attend the National Remembrance Day Service for Senior winners in the four contests (two posters, one essay, and one poetry). The winners place a wreath on behalf of the youth of Canada. They also meet and visit with the Governor General of Canada.

Want to participate in a Remembrance Contest? Contact us to find out more.

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