Remembrance Contests
for Children and Youth

Are you interested in participating in a Remembrance Contest?

Your school and local Royal Canadian Legion Branch work together to coordinate these national literary and poster contests. There are a few steps for participation that you’ll want to know about including:

  • Step 1: Connect with the individual in your school responsible for coordinating with the Legion in your area for Remembrance Contest participation, and contest deadlines.
  • Step 2: Decide whether you will be participating in the literary or poster contest, or both. You can enter as many contests as you wish but can submit only one entry per category.
  • Step 3: Read through the judging criteria and create your submission.
  • Step 4: Submit your entry according to the directions from your school and local Legion Branch.
  • Step 5: Wait to hear if your entry will be moving on to the provincial judging level.
  • Step 6: If your entry successfully makes it to the national level, a panel including artistic professionals will judge your work.
  • Step 7: After the national winners are named, they will receive their prizes.

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 July 1 to May 1 of the following year. Second-place Poster Contest winners, and those receiving an honourable mention, 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 July 1 to May 1 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.

Note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the trip to Ottawa in 2020 is cancelled. Check back regularly on our website and social channels for updates.

See the works of participants from previous years.

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