Celebrate 250: Community Essay Competition

Perhaps you're not the type to write a Letter to the Editor but have an insightful point of view you want to share. Or maybe you wonder whether the Letters to the Editor section has enough room to print all your opinions. Either way, the QCT is delighted to offer you a prime opportunity to voice your thoughts in a historic issue of North America's oldest newspaper on the occasion of its 250th anniversary.

We are planning ahead for a special edition to mark the week of our birth date (June 21st). This special edition will include a wide range of material, including essays written by our readers, and you are invited to submit one.

Two essays will be chosen from among the submissions: one by a reader under age 18, and another by a reader age 18 or over. You are welcome to write in either English or French, and the essay will be printed in the language in which it was written. Collaborative essays, such as those submitted by a school or classroom, are welcome.

The winning essays will be selected by a committee, and of course, all essays will be subject to editorial review prior to publication.
Submissions must:

1. Answer the question "In the 21st century, what does a community newspaper mean for our community and beyond?"

2. Be between 300 and 800 words in length.

3. Clearly identify the name(s) and age group of the author(s), and provide a telephone number and email address for the contact person.

4. Be limited to one essay per person or group.


Please submit your essay by email to [email protected] on or before March 31. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the same email address or by calling 418 650-1764 and asking for Bethann Merkle.