Essay Contest


Overview of Festival of India, Ottawa

Festival of India, Ottawa, is a premier annual cultural event, whose objective is to promote multicultural understanding, appreciation, harmony and peace by providing a platform for all the communities to come and enjoy in a family friendly environment. We showcase the culture and heritage of India through multifaceted programs covering music, dance, arts, handicrafts, workshops, food, discussions, movies, documentaries – many of them interactive and all them educative and entertaining. It is one of the few Festivals in Canada with this distinction of covering so many different broad areas packed with many programs in 3 days.


Objective of the Essay Writing Contest

To increase inter-cultural awareness, understanding, appreciation and respect, and promote harmonious living together.


Essay Topic

The world I would like to live in


Essay Guidelines

The essay should be around 2000 words, to be submitted in word document or pdf. The competition is open to all. We encourage submissions from high school as well as college and university students. Please mention your grade, if you are a school student. Please provide your name, address, e-mail, and phone number along with the submission.


Assessment Criteria

Essay must be original and have not been published anywhere. Essay must provide references of sources cited. Entries will be assessed on clear expression of ideas as well as logical layout of arguments.


Announcement of Winning Submissions

Winning entries will be announced during the Festival of India, August 5, 6, 7 – 2016. Authors of the winning submissions will receive prizes and their submissions may be published in local newspapers and posted on Festival of India website. There will be 2 prizes for school students (grade 12 or lower) and 2 prizes for the rest, for a total of 4 prizes. The first prize will be a cash award for $200, and the second prize will be a cash award for $100 – in each category.


Due date for Submissions

The due date for submissions is July 8, 2016.
Entries are to be submitted to the following e-mail address: [email protected]