About the award

To help strengthen both literacy skills and Canadian historical knowledge by encouraging Canadian kids between the ages of 7–14 to create their own illustrated story based on any element of Canada’s past they find of interest.

Children should be encouraged to write an original story based on any aspect of Canadian history and heritage. Stories should be between 500–1200 words in length and should include 1–3 illustrations or archival photographs to accompany the story. Comic Strip formats are eligible; students should keep in mind a 5-page comic typically entails 500 words. Stories can be written in either English or French.

Stories will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the following basis:

  1. Creativity and originality
  2. Content and story composition
  3. Grammar, spelling and quality of writing
  4. Use of illustrations to support the story

The top two writers, one French and one English, will receive a $1000 RESP and a trip to Ottawa. All participants will receive a special certificate commending them on their participation.

Twenty-five stories will be selected in English and French for publication as a special digital edition of Kayak and published on our website. Find out how to submit an entry.

Feel free to provide either of these two templates to your students to help them plot their story depending on the type that they want to write: a Graphic Comic or an Illustrated Story. These pages do not have to be followed to the letter, they are merely a guide to how illustrated stories and comics can be laid out. You can also take a look at our past winning entries!

Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.