Looking for something to give the kids to do on a sick day or evening/weekend with nothing on? Below is a list of some FREE contests that they might be interested in entering. We will try to update throughout the year. Please let us know if you know of others!

Little Inventors – Mission: protect our oceans (run by NSERC (Canadian Gov’t) joint with the UN)

The United Nations is launching the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021. We are inviting the ingenious children of Canada to think up and draw invention ideas to protect the oceans. … A selection of invention ideas will be chosen to be made real to be showcased during Science Odyssey in 2021. A few others will have the wonderful opportunity to submit their ideas to the Canadian Science Fair Journal and be published!  Open to all kids ages 5+. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: Dec 20, 2020.
See more info, free resource packages, and some examples of the entries, at:

CBC The First Page writing contest

The First Page student writing challenge asks students in Grades 7 to 12 from across Canada to write the first page of a speculative novel set 150 years in the future. The challenge tasks young writers with imagining how current world issues and trends will evolve in the next century.  It will run Nov 4-Nov 26, 2020. The two grade 7-9 winners will receive a one-year subscription to OwlCrate, a monthly book delivery service, and will have their winning entry published on CBC Books. They will also receive 50 books for each of their school libraries. 
More info at:

Last year’s shortlisted pages:
Tips for futuristic fiction writing:

WHERE Challenge – Run by Mining Matters (non-profit org)
The Challenge is a national contest that asks students aged 9 – 14 years to discover the answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from?Pick a favourite object in your home, school or playground, identify one or more non-renewable Earth resources needed to make that object and tell us WHERE on Earth those resources come from. You may be surprised by how many are found in Canada. Your story can be told through an essay, a poem, a song or a play, a painting or a poster, an audio, video or multimedia presentation or anything else you can dream up. The more original, the better.  Contest runs Sept 14, 2020-March 4, 2021.  

Prizes: 3 school prizes of $500 each, based on overall quality of all projects submitted from the school. Entries received before Dec 31, 2020 eligible for a random draw for $125. Individual cash prizes for literary, graphic art as well as multimedia entries, for ages 9-11 and 12-14.  Prizes are for overall, best creative, best research in each category.
More at:

Youth Remembrance contest – Run by the Legion
Fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Through The Royal Canadian Legion’s longstanding annual Poster and Literary Contests, Canadian school children honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing, and help perpetuate Remembrance. Students in Grades 1 through 12 are invited to submit their creative works, with a focus on Remembrance, through their local school to be entered into Legion Branch contests. Winning entries move forward to the Legion’s Provincial level contests. Finalists are then forwarded to the Legion National Foundation in Ottawa to be judged at the national level.  Winning poster entries are displayed at the Canadian War Museum – second place posters are displayed at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa.

NOTE: Parents should call one of our local Legions to find out more info if their kids are interested!

St. Brigid’s Drawing Contest – in Honour of the 100th Anniversary of our School

Look for more details in the coming months!