Okanagan Historical Society Essay Contest
The winner of the 2016 student essay contest is Annabella Feeny of Kelowna for her essay “The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Kelowna.”
|Aims / Goals||To encourage the research and writing of Okanagan history by secondary and post secondary students.|
|Eligibility||Students currently in Grades 9 to 12, or at any post secondary institution.|
|Prize||a) $1000.00 (one thousand dollars).
b) Possible publication in Okanagan History, the annual publication of the Okanagan Historical Society.
|General Criteria||The essay must:
– Depict history which occurred in the geographic area encompassed by the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen Valleys.
– Be suitable for publication in the Okanagan Historical Society’s Annual Report (Okanagan History book).
– Be submitted by email.
– Be minimum length of 1500 words to a maximum of 2500.
– Include a separate cover page which shows the student’s information.
– Student’s Information:
The essay will be judged according to:
- Historical Information
- The degree to which the writer has gathered accurate information in different ways; has insightfully selected essential information; and has interpreted or synthesized that information.
- Effective Communication
- The quality of the historical content in that it effectively used rich, vivid detail in a style which engages and involves the reader.
- The work is original, not cut-and-pasted from other sources.
- The conclusions the writer makes which reflect clear, logical links between the information and interpretations based on relevant evidence; the way the writer describes his/her own thinking about the historical content which demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the historical issue(s).
- Conventions of Writing
- Demonstrated level of organization, correct sentence structure, usage, grammar, diction, mechanics, bibliography and footnoting.
- Use endnotes, not footnotes.
- Send photos, if any, separately from text.
March 1st of each year.