Essay Contest

Basic Income Manitoba is pleased to announce our second annual province-wide essay contest in partnership with the Winnipeg Free Press and sponsored by Scotia Investments Ltd. The competition will again challenge participants to learn about basic income and share their thoughts and ideas on how it could contribute to a fairer, safer and more secure life for all Manitobans.

This year we are asking students to explore what a basic income would mean to you.

See below our contest guidelines:

Basic Income Manitoba 2021 Essay Contest

Topic: What would a basic income mean for you?

Submission Dates: April 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021.

Categories:

  • Written essays by Manitoba high school students
  • Written essays by students in Manitoba post-secondary institutions (undergraduate programs only)
  • Multimedia submissions (high school and undergraduate students)

Guidelines:

Writing submissions must be written in an editorial format with a word limit of 1,000 words. Submissions will be accepted in English, French or Indigenous languages. This year we our offering three categories for participation: Written essays by High School students, written essays by students in Post-Secondary Institutions (undergraduate programs only), and a new multimedia category. Multimedia submissions (High School and undergraduate students) can include poetry, art, video, or any other creative mediums. Students must be studying in Manitoba. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2021 at midnight (cst).

Awards:

$1,200 in prize money will be awarded as:

  • $250 cash prize for first place in each category
  • First place written essays will be published in the Winnipeg Free Press
  • First place multimedia winners will be published on our website, basicincomemanitoba.ca, and on our social media pages
  • $100 cash prize for second place in each category
  • $50 cash prize for third place in each category

Criteria for Selection for Written Submissions:

  • The piece can be no longer than 1,000 words
  • Essays can be submitted by a group
  • The written piece must not have been previously published
  • The piece must adhere to essay contest topic
  • A judging panel will determine winners based on creativity, critical thinking and quality of writing. Please note, we will not provide criticism on submitted essays.
  • Email info@basicincomemanitoba.ca for any accommodations or questions

Criteria for Selection for Multimedia Submissions:

  • Multimedia can include art, poetry, video or film, illustration, painting, sculptures, etc.
  • High School and Post-Secondary students (undergraduate programs only) will both be accepted in this category, and will be judged together
  • Work can be submitted in groups
  • The piece must not have been previously published or presented
  • The piece must include a 200-word abstract about how it relates to the contest topic
  • A judging panel will determine winners based on creativity, critical thinking and quality of work. Please note, we will not provide criticism on submitted multimedia.
  • If your piece is a physical object, please include several clear, high resolution JPEG pictures of the art in your submission
  • Email info@basicincomemanitoba.ca for any accommodations or questions

Deadline:

June 30, 2021 at midnight (cst)

Submission forms:

BIM 2021 contest – written essays by high school students
BIM 2021 contest – written essays by students in post-secondary institutions (undergraduate programs only)
BIM 2021 contest – multimedia category (high school and undergraduate students)