[UPDATE: It may be useful to browse these old listings as many programs are annual, but for more current contests and competitions, head to the Youth Opportunities page.]
**Every Saturday I post about current youth opportunities that are open to submissions from Ontario residents, which naturally includes a lot of contests and competitions open to youth across Canada and the US. Please note I'm not attesting to the legitimacy or quality of anything listed here - read the fine print carefully and make your own judgement call, especially if a submission fee or creative rights are involved!**
After a drought last week I'm back with a little flood of video contests, plus a short essay contest where doing good can earn you a trip to Africa!
Happy Saturday everyone!
• Open to legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, 16 years old and up
• Deadline April 30th, 2011
Part of the Because I am a Girl campaign, the smartgirl Contest is a partnership between Plan Canada, glacéau smartwater and Olympic champion Jennifer Heil. Canadians who have been working to help women and girls - either at home or internationally - are invited to submit a short essay outlining how they've made a difference. Up to 3 grand prize winners will be selected to join Heil in Rwanda for an 8-day trip centered around opening a new school, seeing other Plan Projects in action and taking part in sightseeing tours. Watch Heil introduce the contest below and visit the website for full details.
So You Think You Know Mining Competiton
• Open to Ontario high school students under 19
• Deadline March 31, 2011 (Early bird draw deadline March 10th, 2011)
Run by the Ontario Mining Association, the So You Think You Know Mining Competition invites individual students or groups to submit a 2-3 minute video "that profiles the benefits of mining to society". Prizes range from the $500 early bird draw to $5000 for the Best Overall Entry. There are also seven $2500 prizes available through additional categories such as Best Comedy and Best Animated Video. Teachers take note - the Best Overall Entry also earns $500 for video equipment for their school and any school that has three or more entries submitted by its students will be entered in a random draw for an extra $2000 prize. Visit the website to watch some of the previous winning videos.
Herman Miller Student Video Contest: Where's Your Hub?
• Open to full-time students enrolled in a 2-4 year college or university in the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.
• Deadline March 25th, 2011
The Herman Miller Student Video Contest is looking for videos 2-3 minutes long that show off "where you connect, recharge, study, and socialize on campus". There are three Visa gift cards available as prizes, worth $1000, $1500 and $2000 in US funds.
So You Think You Can Make TV? Digital Video Contest
• Canadian citizens and permanent residents, ages 19-30
• Deadline April 15th, 2011
Vancouver-based Paperny Films invites submissions of under-two-minute trailers for potential lifestyle or factual series to compete for a $3000 prize and a one-month unpaid internship with the company.
Previously Highlighted Youth Opportunities
- National Shakespeare Youth Festival (Registration open)
- Food Secure Canada - Good Food Hero Comic Contest (03/01/11)
- Everyday Heroes Festival - Video (03/01/11)
- Santa Monica Teen Film Festival Submissions (03/04/11)
- Sprockets Film Festival Jump Cuts Film Submissions (03/07/11)
- Delisle Youth Gallery - Call for Submissions (03/14/11)
- Westport Youth Film Festival (03/15/11)
- Dare 2 Move ParticipACTION Teen Challenge (03/21/11)
- Canadian Aboriginal Writing & Arts Challenge (03/31/11)
- Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge (03/31/11)
- Optimist International Oratorical Contest (vary locally; generally late March)
- Toronto Public Library - Young Voices 2011 (04/02/11)
- Goolge Global Science Fair (04/04/11)
- Trend Micro "What's Your Story?" video contest (04/05/11)
- The Great EcoKids Challenge (04/29/11)
- RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights’ Competition (04/29/11)
- 2011 Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival, (04/29/11)
- The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award (05/31/11)
- The Fraser Institute Essay Contest (05/01/11)
- The 90-Second Newberry Film Festival (09/15/11)