Competition Requirements


COVID-19 has changed the landscape of our daily lives. It has disrupted our economy, our schools, our churches and even our relationships with others. In the age of the coronavirus, we have had to rethink and change many of the ways we do things, including how we interact and connect with others. Even though COVID-19 has impacted the way  we interact with one another, it has shown us that forming and maintaining personal relationships is more important than ever

Think about how your life has changed during COVID. How has your perspective on life changed? What are you doing differently in your life? How are you staying connected with loved ones? What do you need to do to foster and strengthen your relationships in the time of physical distancing? How are you reaching out to others? How do you stay connected in a physically disconnected world?

Instructions for Students

As you write your essay, please select the law below that expresses a key value and/or ideal by which you should live. Explain why the chosen value/ideal is important  to the way you live your life by discussing your experiences, the lessons you’ve learned, and people who have served as living examples of your chosen value/ideal.

Once you have completed your essay or video, visit the “Submit Your Essay” page to choose your method of submission.


  1. Your essay must be written on one of the selected topics. The essay must be type-written. Please use a minimum 10-point print type font. HANDWRITTEN ESSAYS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  1. There are two ways to submit your essay; by email or by our new online, essay submission portal. Please visit  our “Submit”  page  on our website for more instructions and information. Due  to the ongoing  COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accept entries submitted in person at the MOE Learning Resources Section.  Your health and safety is  our  highest  priority.
  1. Entry deadline is Friday, February 12, 2021.  NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Contest Notes

Previous 1st prize and 2nd prize winners may not enter another contest within the same division. 3rd prize winners may enter another contest at any time.

Entries become the possession of the Laws of Life contest committee. The award-winning entries may be made available for publication.


Primary Division

Grades 5-6

Word Limit

250-350 Words

Please Note that ORIGINALITY is important. Essays under 250 words and more than 350 words will be disqualified. Word count must be noted at the end of the essay.

Junior Division

Grades 7-9

Word Limit

400-550 Words

Please Note that ORIGINALITY is important. Essays under 400 words and more than 550 words will be disqualified. Word count must be noted at the end of the essay.

Senior Division

Grades 10-12

Word Limit

600-850 Words

Please Note that ORIGINALITY is important. Essays under 600 words and more than 850 words will be disqualified. Word count must be noted at the end of the essay.

College Division

Participants must be 25 or under and registered at a local tertiary institution. Proof of Birth and registration must be attached to application.

Word Limit

850-1000 Words

Please Note that ORIGINALITY is important. Essays under 850 words and more than 1000 words will be disqualified. Word count must be noted at the end of the essay.

Video Division

This video competition is open to Secondary students in grades 10-12. The video can be created by an individual student or as a group project.

Create a short video using the following Law of Life:

“We can become bitter or better as a result of our experiences”

The purpose of the video is to demonstrate what the law means and how it factors in everyday life. Feature live people, stills, animation—whatever you think best conveys your message.

Video Specifications and Submission Process

  • Video entries should be a minimum of 45 seconds and a maximum of two minutes in length.
  • Video quality should be 1080p or higher.
  • Video format should be in mp4 and no larger than 1GB.
  • The video must be an original work.
  • No copyrighted material (music, images, etc.) or trademarks (company names, logos, brands, etc.) may be used unless you own or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted or trademarked materials.


Visit the Submit page to choose your method of submission.



One student must be designated as lead producer/director for the video. In addition, the Entry Form must include the name, cell phone number, and e-mail address of the teacher who can be contacted about the entry if needed.

A release is required from each person who has a speaking role or is otherwise distinctly featured in the video, as well as those involved in the production of the video. (This authorization assures that those involved know that the video may be shown publicly

without further consent required. The release(s) must accompany the submission form and video. It must be signed by the participant(s), and if the participant/student is a minor, it must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian. The release form is attached to the application form. 

Video content must not promote illegal behavior; discriminate against or support prejudice toward others along ethnic, racial, religious, or sexual grounds; invade the privacy of any person; support or oppose a candidate for elected office or advocate for the passage or defeat of legislation; or otherwise be inappropriate as determined by the Templeton World Charity  Foundation Inc. or Ministry of Education.

All videos will be judged anonymously. It is therefore requested that as much as possible, entrants should not mention actual names of participants or schools in the video.

Please note that professionals in media, public relations, and education will participate in the judging process to help determine the winners.