Glassen Essay Competition

2021 Glassen High School Ethics Essay Competition

Each year, the University of Manitoba's Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics and the Department of Philosophy sponsor the Glassen High School Ethics Essay Competition. The writer of the winning essay receives a $1,000 award.

The contest is open to all Grade 11 and Grade 12 students in Manitoba. Last year, over 100 students from across the province submitted essays.

Essay Contest Theme


Download the 2021 competition poster.


The contest is open to all Manitoba high school students who are registered in grade 11 or 12 at the time of the contest deadline.

Essay Requirements

  • The essay should be a maximum of 1000 words, in English, typed and double spaced, with normal margins.
  • It must begin with a title page that includes the following information: the student's name, contact information, school name, name of the sponsoring teacher and essay word count.
  • Do NOT include a header within the essay that contains the student's name or school name.
  • Title page content and the essay's footnotes are NOT included in the word count.
  • Pages of the essay must be numbered.
  • Essays must consist of original work by the student. Students may consult other sources, but any references to another author's work must be credited with full citations and footnoted.
  • Essays which are not on topic, which fail to answer the essay question or which violate the above stated requirements will not be considered.


Essays must be submitted to using an email subject line of "ETHICS ESSAY - <student name>" by APRIL 30, 2021. Confirmation will be sent back to applicants upon successful submission. Entries received after this date will not be considered for the competition.

Each contestant may submit only one entry.

Essays will be judged according to the quality, depth and originality of the thoughts expressed, the organization of its ideas, and clarity of its expression. The most important component of a good philosophical essay is that it is fair-minded and shows the writer's ability both to consider the other side of the issue, and to anticipate and respond to criticisms of their position.

Helpful tips to write a good essay.

Sponsored by

Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, University of Manitoba
The University of Manitoba Philosophy Department
The Glassen Endowment Fund
CBC Manitoba