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2013 Fraser Institute Essay Contest

2013 Fraser Institute Essay Contest

The 2013 Fraser Institute Essay Contest is currently available to high school, college, and graduate school students. Drug policy is always a hot-button political issue. Each year the Institute holds a competition for students, designed to encourage and develop student writers.

The Fraser Institute in this essay contest is asking students to think about drug policy and how it impacts us (socially, economically, and politically).

Specifically, students are asked to consider historical perspectives, empirical evidence, and economic analysis in their essay.

TopicFraser essay contest

Is the “War on Drugs” working or is it time for drug policy reform?


Fraser Institute and the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation


1st Prize: $1,000
2nd Prize: $750
High school category: $500


31 May, 2013, 5:00 pm (PST)


  • You can write your essay in either English or French.
  • This scholarship is one of the few that is NOT for American high school students. Instead, the program is open to Canadian and foreign students.
  • Contest is open to Canadian and foreign students. A student is defined as someone who attends school in the 2012/2013 school year or is enrolled to attend in 2013/2014.
  • Submissions will be considered from secondary and post-secondary (undergraduate and graduate) students in all disciplines. High school students will be considered in a separate category, with a cash prize of $500. High school submissions will not be excluded from winning the $750 and $1,000 post-secondary prizes.
  • Entry must include a typed essay of 1,000-1,500 words, and a cover sheet including the student’s name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address. High school students should include school and grade. Post-secondary students should include school, major, and year of graduation.
  • Entries must include references cited from academic sources. Any academically acceptable referencing style may be used.
  • Please note that if you are planning to include a graph in your essay, you must send it to us in an Excel file with the underlying data in order that we can recreate it in house. If you want to include a previously published graph for which you do not have the underlying data, you must cite its source appropriately to prove that you have permission to reuse it.
  • Entries must be submitted online or by mail.
  • Entries may only be submitted once. Further submissions with revisions will not be accepted.
  • Failure to follow these rules may lead to disqualification from the contest.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, clear expression of ideas, and understanding of competitive markets.
  • All entries become of the property of the Fraser Institute. In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners may be published in Canadian Student Review once they have gone through the peer review process. Enter the Essay Contest
  • Previous winners can be found here:

2012 Student Essay Contest Winners

2011 Student Essay Contest Winners

2010 Student Essay Contest Winners

2009 Student Essay Contest Winners


Got a query? Contact 1-800-665-3558, ext. 533 or email


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  1. Is it necessary that you fill the entry form while submitting the essay or the form can be filled while the essay is submitted later.

  2. You have to do both at once.

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