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Competition Prizing

First Place

First place winners in age categories 14-18 and 19-29 will receive:

  • • A $2000 cash prize
  • • An all-expenses paid trip for two to a major Canadian city to receive his or her award at a special reception with a group of esteemed Aboriginal leaders and authors
  • • Arts winners have an opportunity to have their artwork exhibited and first place writing winners have their work published in Canada’s History Magazine
  • • For the 2015/2016 contest year, we have new prizes for the Senior Art and Senior Writing Winners:
    Our Senior Arts Winner will receive an all-expenses* paid trip to Toronto, courtesy of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University, including a professional development experience at OCADU. The winner can participate in OCADU’s new summer program, attend OCADU’s National Portfolio Review day, or be a “student for a day” at OCADU.
    Our Senior Writing Winner will receive an all-expenses* paid trip to Banff, including a week-long writer’s residency at The Banff Centre.
    *An all-expenses paid trip includes the following: an economy return flight to and from Toronto for the Senior Arts Winner, and to and from Banff for the Senior Writing Winner, including one piece of checked luggage per winner. It also includes accommodation and a $50.00 daily stipend to cover 3 meals per day for the duration of the trip’s official programming. All other costs, including the cost of transportation to and from the airport, will be covered by the winner. The prize must be used before March 31st, 2017. These prizes are non-transferable and can only be used by the award recipients.

First place in age category 9-13 will receive:

  • • One winner from both writing and arts will be selected as the Enbridge Emerging Writer and Artist. Each winner will receive a prize valued at $100.

Second Place

Second place finalists in age categories 14-18 and 19-29 will receive a $1000 cash prize.

Third Place

Third place finalists in age categories 14-18 and 19-29 will receive a $500 cash prize.

4th to 5th place Finalists in the Arts Competition in age categories 14-18 and 19-29 will each receive a $100 cash prize.
4th to 10th place Finalists in the Stories Competition in age categories 14-18 and 19-29 will each receive a $100 cash prize.
Up to five honourable mentions for the 14-18 and 19-29 age categories for both writing and arts will be selected.
One honourable mention from the 9-13 age category for both writing and arts will be selected.
Aboriginal Arts & Stories is launching a new feature category for the 2015/2016 year.
Each year we receive entries that address the history and legacy of residential schools. This year we would like to highlight these entries by offering an additional two prizes for entries to the Aboriginal Arts & Stories contest that address the theme of residential schools. How has the legacy affected your life? How would you like to see the legacy of residential schools memorialized in your community or across Canada? We encourage you to submit poems, stories, plays, 2D art, plans for a memorial site, the designs of a statue or monument, fictional biographies, autobiographies, stories of how the legacy has affected your family and community, and more.

This category will have one additional prize for submissions to the art category, and one additional prize for submissions to the writing category; submissions across all three age categories of the contest will be considered for each prize.

This category will only be running for the duration of the 2015/2016 Aboriginal Arts & Stories contest.
The Youth Choice Award Winners will be chosen by a group of past finalists of the Aboriginal Arts & Stories Contest. The Youth Choice Award Winners will be selected from the top 10 winners for each of the four categories. There will be four Youth Choice Award Winners: Junior Art, Junior Writing, Senior Art, Senior Writing.
All finalists and honourable mentions will have their writing and artwork published on the contest website.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation acknowledging their hard work and participation in the program.
Group entries are eligible for a special prize. Past prizes have included a digital camera for the winning school or group!
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