Essay Contest Sponsored by ICCC

Objective of the Essay Contest

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


What the world needs now!


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 11, 12, 13 – 2017. 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 extended to July 24, 2017. Entries are to be submitted to the following e-mail address:

The winners of the contest FIO 2016

Sponsored by Indo Canadian Community Centre [ICCC], Ottawa

First Prize - Open Category: Mr. Megh Gandhi

First Prize - Student: Ms. Catherine McIntyre

Second Prize - Student: Mr. Kieran Barewal Holmes