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Heritage Essay & Heritage Photo Contests

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The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network is looking for hometown history! We’re offering students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 prizes for the best true stories about remarkable people, events and traditions from Quebec’s past.

Write a brief story in English about one of the following topics:
a man or woman from history who was important to your community. This person could be a pioneer, an inventor, an artist, a teacher, an athlete, or even a local hero ― the choice is completely up to you. Tell about your subject’s life and his or her most memorable achievements; or

a significant historical event that took place in your community. Tell us what happened, when it happened, and how it affected the people in your hometown or area; or

a special custom, festival, dance or other tradition that takes place in your community each year. What are its origins? When does it take place? Why is it an important part of your hometown heritage?

1st Prize: $175. 2nd Prize: $125. 3rd Prize: $75. All winners will receive certificates.
Winning stories will appear in Quebec Heritage News magazine and on QAHN’s website.

Submissions will be judged according to content, originality, grammar and clarity of writing.

Format and Length:
Submissions must be neatly handwritten in ink or typed, and contain between 200 and 250 words.

Originality and Plagiarism:
Essays must be written in the student’s own words. Any submissions copied in whole or part from the Internet or other sources will be disqualified.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014.

Contact information:
Submissions must contain the name and grade of the student, the name of the school and the teacher, and the school telephone number and mailing address.

Send entries to:
Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, 400-257 Queen Street, Sherbrooke, Qc J1M 1K7



Open to High School Students across Quebec!

Back by popular demand! QAHN is pleased to announce the 3rd edition of its annual Heritage Photo Contest. This contest is open to students enrolled in English-language high schools in the province of Quebec.

1. Subject matter: Photos must be of an object, person, place or event judged by the student to be of significance to the heritage of the student’s family, school, or community. Subjects must be relevant in some way to life in the province of Quebec.

2. Photographer: Photos must be the work of the student.

3. Specs: Photos may be submitted in either colour or black and white. Photos must be in digital format (JPGs), and must have a resolution of 300 ppi or better, and a dimension of at least 800 X 1000 pixels.

4. Each photo must be accompanied by the following:
• the name of the student;
• the grade of the student;
• the name of the teacher;
• the name, address and telephone number of the high school;
• the title of the photo;
• the date the photo was taken;
• the category of heritage being represented (eg., family heritage; cultural heritage; architectural heritage; natural heritage; etc.);
• and a 150 to 300 word essay, written in the student’s own words, describing the subject and why it constitutes “heritage.” The essay should accompany the photo as a separate file.

5. Participants may submit up to a maximum of three (3) photos / essays each;

6. Submissions may be submitted by email to: The date on which the email was sent will be considered the date of submission. Submissions (on CD) may also be sent by regular mail to: QAHN, 400-257 Queen, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1K7. For entries received by regular mail, the postmark will be considered the date of submission.

7. Judging: All submissions will be judged according to composition, originality, and technical merit (for the photography), and content, grammar and originality (for the accompanying essay).

8. Originality and Plagiarism: Photos and accompanying essays must be entirely the work of the student. Any photo or essay found to have been copied in whole or in part from the Internet or elsewhere will be disqualified.

9. Tips: When taking a photograph, pay careful attention to lighting, focus, distance, and the angle of the subject being photographed. Avoid reflections that can be caused by flashes. Think about how you want the subject to appear to the viewer, and about how it will be photographed to its best advantage. When writing about the subject, be concise. Edit your words carefully. Most importantly, think about how your subject constitutes heritage.

1st Prize: $200
2nd Prize: $150
3rd Prize: $100

All prize-winners will receive certificates. In addition, all prize-winning photos will be published in Quebec Heritage News, the quarterly magazine of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, as well as on

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2014.
For more information, contact QAHN at:, or at: (819) 564-9595 or toll free at: 1 (877) 964-0409.


A new participatory essay and mapping activity dedicated to the heritage of Montreal’s English-speaking communities!

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) and The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA) is pleased to invite the school community to participate in our first An Island of Stories/Mapping the Mosaic essay project, launched on November 22, 2013 at the QPAT teachers Convention. The writing of essays begins on January 1. 2014 and will run until April 30, 2014.

An Island of Stories will give students an opportunity to participate in an inter-generational activity that explores their family’s history through the research of a special place/building/site on the island of Montreal and surrounding area. Mapping the Mosaic is an innovative and easy-to-use mapping website that charts the collected memories of English-speaking communities in the Greater Montreal Area. It is a participatory website where users of all interests can share experiences and expertise of where their history happened, by pinning favourite stories to an interactive map of neighbourhoods throughout Montreal, Laval and off-island suburbs.

No point is too small for Mapping the Mosaic. Primary Cycle 3 and Secondary I-V students are all invited to take part. A grandparent’s childhood memories of life in a particular neighbourhood? Archival photos of lost buildings? Little-known episodes in the life of a neighbourhood school, place of worship or local hangout? Memories of colourful characters or local sports heroes? The achievements of entrepreneurs, artists, or innovators? An Island of Stories/Mapping the Mosaic will be a “people’s history” that welcomes all these and more.

An Island of Stories submissions will be divided into two main sections: Memories and Histories. Memories tell personal stories of real, lived experiences -- from first-hand recollections of life in a particular neighbourhood, to inherited family stories or archival anecdotes of traditional ways of life. Histories focus on factual history – stories about the people, places and events that have shaped Montreal history.

Essays that are submitted to QAHN and posted to the Mapping the Mosaic website will be eligible to win prizes.

For more information, please contact Matthew Farfan of QAHN:


• Competition is open to Cycle 3 (Grades 5&6) students as well as Secondary students
• Cycle 3 essays are to be 250 words, Secondary are to be 500 words.
• Submission to be typed and sent by the teachers to QAHN office
• Essays are also to be submitted electronically to :
• Essays are to be posted to “Mapping the Mosaic” website
• Competition commences on January 1, 2014.
• Competition will close and all submissions are to be in and posted on the Map by April 30, 2014 ( )
• Winners will be announced on June 1, 2014
• Prizes:
o 1st Prize Winners will receive a $200.00 Chapters gift certificate plus a copy of Peter Gossage & Jack Little's An Illustrated History of Quebec (Secondary I-V) and Into the Mist: the Empress of Ireland by Anne Renaud(Cycle 3)
o 2nd Prize Winners will receive $100.00 Chapters gift certificate plus a copy of Peter Gossage & Jack Little's An Illustrated History of Quebec
(Secondary I-V) and Into the Mist: the Empress of Ireland by Anne
Renaud (Cycle 3)
o The winning submissions will be printed in the June issue of the QFHSA NEWS and in QAHN’s Quebec Heritage News, as well as posted on each organization’s website.
o All entrants will receive a “Certificate of Participation” from QAHN/QFHSA
• Registration forms are required to include the following information:
o Name of School
o Name of Teacher and subject (History , English Language Arts, Culture)
o Contact information of teacher
o Name and mailing address of students
o Age
o Grade, Classroom number
o Name of location chosen
o Scan of Photo, drawing, or photo of art project reflecting the Island of Stories historical location

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Farfan: