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What is the National Essay Contest?

The National Essay Contest, it’s 98 bursaries to be won, for a grand total of $377,000!

Are you in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (secondaire IV, secondaire V or Cégep in Quebec) and registered in a French program?

Do you need a little boost to continue your education in French after high school?

Take part in the National Essay Contest for the chance to win a scholarship ranging between $1,000 and $20,000 to study in French in one of the following post-secondary institutions

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How to participate?

  • Write a 750-word essay on this year’s theme:

    What is the impact of social media on the music industry and the musical creative process?

    We all know that today music somehow depends on social media like YouTube, TikTok, and Twitter. Social media can harm as well as benefit the music industry. For example, artists can use them to distribute their musical productions, and create a bond with their fanbase. On the other side, many lyrics don’t age well in time, and artists can lose their good reputation faster than lighting. Also, advertising promoting artitst is easier than ever with social media such as TikTok and Twitter. Music being easily exposed on the Internet, tools to listen, create and criticize it are more accessible than they have ever been. On top of this, songs can keep their popularity longer than expected (e.g. Never gonna give you up by Rick Astley), or climb and drop drastically (e.g. Gangnam Style by PSY), creating entirely new challenges and many more expectations to musical artists.

    Keeping this in mind: what is the impact of social media on the music industry and the musical creative process?

We strongly encourage you to read the Rules and Regulations as well as the Evaluation Grid before you start writing your essay.

You have questions! Visit our FAQ


Categories

At the time of entry each participant must indicate on their entry form into which of the two categories below he or she best fits:

Category 1: French Second Language (“FSL”): students whose first language is not French or students who are currently enrolled in Core French, Extended Core French, Basic French, French Immersion, or any other version or type of FSL program, available in their province or territory of residence, and who do not match any of the French First Language criteria.

Category 2: French First Language (“FFL”): students who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

– Their first language is French;
– They speak, write and comprehend French with native fluency;
– They regularly speak French at home with one or both parents.
– They attend or have attended a French First Language school for more than 3 years within the past 6 years.


What’s next?

  • Essays will be marked by a panel of French teachers and our spokesperson, using the Evaluation Grid.
  • Winners will be announced at the beginning of March following the Contest.

If you teach French in Canada and you would like to be a part of our panel of judges for 2022-2023, please reach out to us by filling out this form.

Discover the list of winners of the 17th edition of the CNR!


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