The 2018 edition of the Illustrated History Competition is launched!

The Société Histoire Canada invites students, ages 7 to 14, to submit a short illustrated story telling a memorable moment in Canadian history.

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To your pencils! The Société Histoire Canada invites students, ages 7 to 14, to submit a short illustrated story telling a memorable moment in Canadian history.

This activity is a great way to combine writing, history, art, research and above all creativity. Students must choose an aspect of Canadian history or heritage, and submit an original text accompanied by illustrations or archival photographs. Comics are also accepted.

Stories should be between 500 and 1200 words long and include one, two, or three illustrations (or archival photographs). Comics should be 5 pages long and be around 500 words long. Stories can be written in English or French.

Creativity, content, quality of writing (grammar and spelling) as well as the use of illustration will be the criteria for evaluating the stories.

Presentation of prices

Two winners (one French and one English) will receive:

  • An RESP of 1,000$;
  • A trip for 2 people to Ottawa;
  • A medal presented by Her Excellency, the Right Honorable Julie Payette.

The 25 best proposals will receive:

  • A subscription to the youth magazine Kayaking: Navigate Canadian History!

All participants will receive:

  • A certificate of participation.


The deadline to enter the competition is June 1, 2018.

For more information, see the contest page on the History Canada website or contact Jean-Philippe Proulx, coordinator of educational and community programs:

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