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The Dalton Camp Award 2021

The Dalton Camp Award 2021

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.

There is no entry fee.

The Toronto Star is the official media partner for the 2021 Dalton Camp Award.

Please read our Rules and Regulations before you submit your essay.

Submit your Essay

Submissions are now open. The deadline to submit your essay is December 1, 2020 at 8pm EST.

Selection Committee

The 2021 Dalton Camp Award Selection Committee is composed of Candis Callison, Hannah Sung, Jane Hilderman, Kathy English, Michael Barclay, Omar Mouallem, and Radiyah Chowdhury who is winner of the 2020 Dalton Camp Award.

Winning Essays

Read the winning Dalton Camp Award essays from 2003-2020.

Rules and Regulations

Please read our Rules and Regulations before submitting your essay.

About Dalton Camp

Read the biography of Dalton Camp and watch the video that commemorates his life and communicates the story of the Dalton Camp Award.

DCA Medal

Winners will receive $10,000 and the Dalton Camp Award Medal designed by Canada's foremost medal designer and sculptress, the late Dore de Pédèry-Hunt.

Q & A with DCA 2020 winner

Q&A with Radiyah Chowdhury, winner of DCA 2020

Media Downloads

Download the Dalton Camp Award poster and other goodies.