World After 50 Years Essay Contest

Educational Resources | Dec 13, 2017

“From Canada’s Lakes to the World”: An essay/video contest for IISD-ELA’s 50th anniversary

IISD Experimental Lakes Area is turning 50!

After 50 years of researching fresh water like no other place on earth, the world’s freshwater laboratory is asking Canada’s young people to share what research they think should be done to keep the world’s water clean for the next 50 years and beyond….

We are asking Canadian high school students to write an essay, or shoot a short video, to tell us (1)which issue should be researched next at IISD-ELA; and (2) how we should do that research.

You could win an all-inclusive trip for two to IISD Experimental Lakes Area to learn first-hand how we carry out our unique brand of freshwater research.

Contest Rules


The IISD Experimental Lakes Area “From Canada’s Lakes to the World” essay or video contest is open to residents of Canada who are currently enrolled in Grade 9–12 at a Canadian institution, and are returning to school in the fall of 2018. Students should have a designated teacher to guide them through the process and review the materials before submission.

Contest Period and Entry

To be eligible for the contest, contestants must submit all of the following documents:

Entries must be submitted no later than February 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m., Central Time.

For more information, and for the complete guidelines and rubric, see below.

  • IISD-ELA essay contest information sheet and rules (PDF)
  • IISD-ELA essay contest entry form (PDF | Word)
  • IISD-ELA essay contest consent and agreement form (PDF | Word)

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Our international essay writing competition has come to an end!

Hundreds of students and young writers from all over the world sent us their works and got a chance to become the Bid4Papers’ best essayist and the owner of our main prize – $500.

We must confess that it was not easy for our in-house writers to choose the best one among so many original essays you had sent us. Thank you very much for taking part in our contest and writing the best you can! We bet all participants keep their fingers crossed now, so it’s high time to announce the winners!

Please, welcome:

  1. The 1-st place and $500 go to Searth S. Cabal and his wonderful essay “A School of Humanity”. (Read here)
  2. The 2-nd place and $200 go to Pratick Roy and his cool essay “Education In 50 Years: A Futurist’s Perspective”. (Read here)

Congratulations, guys!

Five authors who will struggle for the 3-rd place at our Facebook page are the following:

  1. Angeli Guadalupe
  2. Eldin Milak
  3. Sofija Jovanovic
  4. Zhibek Abylbekova
  5. Marija Lalic

Their essays are published on our Facebook, and they have 1 week since now to get as many likes for their works as possible. Please, vote and invite your friends to like your work. An essay with more likes will become the 3-rd place winner! Good luck!

All winners are notified via email. We’ll publish their works in our blog and social profiles soon. Folks, if you are interested in getting a participation certificate, send us an email – and we’ll send you one.

Check our blog and follow us on Facebook to get the latest updates.

For college students and young writers from all over the world:

Bid4papers announces an international essay writing competition. Show your creativity and writing skills, take part in this contest, and win $500 doing what you like most – composing.


Write an essay “Education In 50 Years: A Futurist’s Perspective

Be creative, use your imagination, and try to cover some of the following questions in your essay:

How do you imagine education of the future? What will it look like? Will technologies play an important role to education process? What will the role of a teacher be? What will a student of the future look like?

  • Language: English
  • Style: academic, non-academic
  • Length: 750 to 1,500 words
  • Format: PDF or Word document
  • Participants must be 25 years and younger.

To enter the Contest, email your submission, including your full name and “Education In 50 Years Contest” in the email subject line, to One submission per person, please!

The best in-house writers of will evaluate your essays for originality, creativity, proper grammar, spelling & punctuation.


  • 1st place prize – $500
  • 2nd place prize – $200
  • The most interesting and creative essays will be published on our Facebook for you to have a chance of winning our special 3rd prize! An author of the essay with more likes will become the owner of 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen!

Winners will be announced on February, 25, and they will be notified via email. Plus, we will publish their works in our blog and share them via our social media profiles.

Please share this opportunity with your friends and family by tweeting #essaycontest, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Google Plus. (Not required, but appreciated.)

Need more details? Submit your questions to: or leave a comment below.

Good luck with your submission!

educationcontestMike Hanski

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