FAQs

Eligibility
  • Youth from military families between 13 and 18. This includes:
  • Families of Regular Force Members
  • Families of Reserve Force Members
  • Families of Veterans
  • Families of the Deceased
Key Dates
Application Deadline: December 31, 2019
Selection Committee: January 23, 2020
5 Finalists announced:  February 3, 2020
Final article deadline: March 20, 2019
Articles published: April 1, 2020
Readership voting closes: April 30, 2020
Winner Announced: May 6, 2020
 
Grand Prize and Scholarship

TBA Value: $2500

What is the process?
To enter send us your application and story idea that you would like write between Oct 6- December 31, 2019. Then Canadian Forces Managers will choose the most unique and powerful stories - which will be published with the winning entrants. Our readers will then have an opportunity to vote for their favorite story and that reporter will win a grand prize package and a scholarship!

How will the applications be judged?
Stories will be judged on editorial merit - that means the strength of story, originality, and the personal story or background around it. Judges will be looking for a range of diverse stories from across the Canadian Armed Forces community.

Do you have any tips?
Each entry will need to answer the following question: Why do you want to share your story and what would it mean to you to share your story. That's to give us a bit of background about why you want to tell this story, what it means to you - why it is relevant to you and your life.

Can the stories be fiction?
No. All stories which reach the shortlist stage will be checked prior to final judging to make sure they are factually true and accurate and legally sound. So make sure yours is!

Do I need parental approval?
Parental permission is needed before you can enter, and if your story is about a sensitive topic, such as your health, then please get your parent/guardian to email us BEFORE you enter at recreation@cfmws.com so we can offer the relevant advice and support.