The Dalton Camp Award is a $10,000 prize for the best essay on the link between media and democracy, presented annually by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting. FRIENDS launched the award in 2002 to honour the memory of Dalton Camp, a distinguished commentator on Canadian public affairs.
Eligible essays written in English up to 2,000 words in length are judged on both subject matter and strength of written expression on an anonymous basis by a jury.
Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, regardless of age, student or professional status may enter for the $10,000 prize. Students enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution are also eligible for the $2,500 Student Prize. FRIENDS encourages and welcomes applications from across genders, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, religions and beliefs.
Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, regardless of age, student or professional status, may enter this essay contest except members of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Board of Directors, its employees, retained consultants or business associates, and members of the Selection Committee; as well as their immediate family members. Previous winners are ineligible.
Post-secondary students may also enter their essay for a secondary Student Prize. Students who wish to be considered for the additional Student Prize must self-identify at the time of entry in order to be eligible. For purposes of the Prize, a student is defined as someone who is enrolled full-time at a recognized post-secondary institution, at time of entry or at any time during the same calendar year.
Essays can be submitted by completing the online submission form↗︎. Please ensure you have saved a copy of your essay prior to using the form.
On the first page of the submission, include the essay title followed by the full name of the author.
Only include author's name on the title page. Subsequent/non-title pages shall contain no information identifying the author. Eligible essays are judged on an anonymous basis.
Each entry shall be accompanied by contact information including postal address, email address, and a telephone number. Each entry shall also include: + a 50-word bio of the author, + the word count of the essay (maximum 2,000 words) + confirmation that the entry complies with the Rules of The Dalton Camp Award.
Entrants assume sole responsibility for the accuracy and veracity of their essay. Direct quotations, borrowed ideas, and factual assertions that are not common knowledge shall be cited to the information source.
An entrant may submit one essay only.
An entry written by more than one person is not eligible.
Pseudonyms are not permitted.
No photographs or other visual images may be submitted.
All ideas in an entry shall be the original written expression of the entrant, save only for attributed quotations, and shall not infringe any third party's intellectual property rights, violate privacy or publicity rights, or contain any libellous, defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful or objectionable content. An entry shall not have previously been published, or submitted elsewhere for publication prior to March 2021.