Victoria Day Contest Entry Guidelines

Victoria Day Contest Entry Guidelines

These are the official rules for the Homeschooling Across Canada: Victoria Day Contest for Canadian homeschooled children.

  • The contest is open to residents of all Canadian provinces and territories, excluding Quebec.

  • No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

  • Entrants must be under the age of 18 and have the consent of their parent or legal guardian.

  • Only one entry per child will be accepted.

  • All entries must be the student’s original work.

  • There are two entry categories: essay and comic strip. Within each category, there are three age levels: 0-7, 8 to 13, and 14 to 17.

  • Each entry must cover the topic of Victoria Day Celebrations. Specifically, 1) an explanation of why Victoria Day is celebrated in Canada, and 2) how the entrant celebrates Victoria Day with their family. (Tell us about your family traditions whether it’s attending a planned Community event, planting your vegetable garden or opening your cottage. Tell us what You do with your Family on Victoria Day.)

  • All entries shall be submitted through the official Google entry form by attaching it as a document where designated.

  • Comic strip entries must use the official Comic Strip entry form found on (the landing page) and be the original hand-drawn work of the entrant. They may not be fan art or photographs with captions added.


Entries will be judged by a panel of six judges. All entries must cover the topic specified above. All judges will be using a common criteria checklist. Each entry group will have somewhat different criteria based on their age group. For example, more detail will be expected from older children.

Contest Period

The contest will be open from April 1, 2018, to 11:59 pm April 30, 2018.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in The Canadian Homeschool Minute newsletter and on (the landing page).

Publication of Entries

All entries will be deemed the sole property of The Old Schoolhouse®. Parents/caregivers of the winning entrants will be notified within two days of the completion of the contest to inform them of the publication date of their child’s winning entry.

Two entries per week will be published for a total of nine weeks in The Canadian Homeschool Minute newsletter, on the Homeschooling Across Canada and The Old Schoolhouse® websites, and on the Homeschooling with Heart blog.


Winning entries will be published using the child’s first name and the last initial only along with their province of residence. The parent will be asked to provide a short bio of the child and will be given the option to provide a photograph of the child to accompany the publication of the winning entry.


There will be a total of 18 prize packages awarded.

Three in each of the six entry categories.

A listing of all prizes will be available on the Homeschooling Across Canada website.

Prizes may not be substituted.

Fine print

By submitting your child’s entry, you are agreeing to subscribing to the TCHM for homeschoolers

Entry also constitutes full consent and unlimited permission for The Old Schoolhouse® to print, publish, broadcast, and use all intellectual property and personal information submitted as part of the contest entry on the Internet and in any and all company publications in accordance with the rules. Entries become the sole property of The Old Schoolhouse® and will not be returned.

Extra Fine Print

Limitations of Liability

Without limiting the release, and for greater certainty, the Contest Entities will not be liable for: a) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Contest website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of entries in the Contest; b) any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation of the contest website or any transmission in connection with the Contest; c) any communications line failure, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; d) any problems with, or technical malfunction of, any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, or failure of e-mail which may occur for any reason whatsoever, including technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof; or e) any injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Contest. If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of the Contest Entities which corrupt or affect the administration, security or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to, without advance notice, terminate or suspend the Contest, in whole or in part, or modify it in any way.

By participating or attempting to participate in the present contest, all individuals release the contest organizers, their advertising and promotional agencies, their employees, agents, and representatives from any damage that could be incurred due to their participation or attempted participation in the contest.