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The winning essays of the 2021-2022 National Essay Contest are announced. Discover the liste of winners!

What is the National Essay Contest?

The National Essay Contest, it’s 96 bursaries to be won, for a grand total of $368,000!

Are you in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (secondaire IV, secondaire V or Cégep 1 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 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: 

In a future where everything is possible, how will the food we eat and the way it is produced have changed?

Earlier this year, the UN declared that 2021 would be the International year of fruits and vegetables, thus inviting the global population to think about their food consumption. The year also invites us to reflect on the different impacts and challenges associated with what we eat, how we consume food and its societal effects. One can first look at the challenges and possible solutions associated with easy access to healthy foods despite a person’s socio-economic situation – a concept called food security. We can also look at the impacts that agriculture and farming have on the environment and how that could evolve in the future. Or, we can also look at how our feeding habits will change to meet new needs and fit new extreme environments, like how astronauts feed themselves in space.

With this in mind: in a future where everything is possible, how will the food we eat and the way it is produced have changed?

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


At the time of entry each entrant 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:

– whose first language is French;
– who speak, write and comprehend French with native fluency;
– who regularly speak French at home with one or both parents.
– who 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 sponsoring organization, 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 2020-2021, 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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