You get back what you give out”

Sir John Templeton

The Bahamas Laws of Life Essay Competition is an annual competition based on Sir John Templeton’s Laws of Life. The competition is open to Bahamian students in grades 5-12 and local college students age 25 and under. It is an opportunity for young people to reflect and write about their beliefs and principles, and then publicly recognize them for affirming the values by which they want to live.
The Bahamas Laws of Life Essay Competition is an annual competition based on Sir John Templeton’s Laws of Life. The competition is open to Bahamian students in grades 5-12 and local college students age 25 and under. It is an opportunity for young people to reflect and write about their beliefs and principles, and then publicly recognize them for affirming the values by which they want to live.

About the Competition

Since 1987, students in communities around the globe have competed for prizes in essay contests based on the Laws of Life in Sir John Templeton’s writings. Starting in 2009, students in The Bahamas have had a contest of their own, presented by The Bahamas Ministry of Education and the Nassau-based Templeton World Charity Foundation.

Students in primary, junior, senior, and college divisions are asked to select one of Sir John Templeton’s laws of life. To compete in the contest, students submit essays explaining how that specific law is meaningful in their own lives. Secondary students also have the option of creating a short video instead of a written essay. Winners receive cash prizes and are recognized in a popular event. In 2019, over 3,000 students submitted entries.

The current incarnation of The Bahamas Laws of Life Essay Competition, which has become the nation’s most successful student essay contest, celebrated its ten-year anniversary in early 2019.

Important Dates
2024 Competition Launch Date
Monday, November 27, 2023

Essay & Video Submission Date
Friday, February 9, 2024

Awards Ceremony
Thursday, June 6, 2024,
Nassau, The Bahamas

Competition News

2024 Competition Announcement

1 Nov, 2023 — The 2024 Laws of Life Essay & Video Competition dates and requirements are now available. Essays are due on Friday, February 9, 2024.

Visit the “Requirements” page for more details regarding essay rules and the list of topics by division.

Submission instructions can be found on the “Submit Your Essay” page.

Please contact us via email at info@bahamaslawsoflife.org with any questions.

2023 Competition Announcement

1 Nov, 2022 — The 2023 Laws of Life Essay & Video Competition dates and requirements are now available. Essays are due on February 10, 2023.

Visit the “Requirements” page for more details regarding essay rules and the list of topics by division.

Submission instructions can be found on the “Submit Your Essay” page.

Please contact us via email at info@bahamaslawsoflife.org with any questions.

Testimonials

A Successful Public-Private Partnership

In early 2008, the late Dr. John M. Templeton Jr. met with the former Minister of Education, Hon. Carl Bethel to discuss, among other things, his father, Sir John Templeton’s book, Worldwide Laws of Life, and how it could be used by the Ministry of Education. This led to the re-establishment of a successful and beneficial partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Templeton World Charity Foundation, with the annually anticipated Laws of Life Essay Competition now widely accepted as the country’s premier essay competition in public and independent schools across The Bahamas.