The Honourable Margaret McCain Essay Prize

Cash prize of $1,000

Submission deadline: May 31, 2021

With the encouragement and generous support of the Honourable Margaret McCain, CC, ONB, the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada announces a prize for the best undergraduate essay on the topic of the Crown in Canada, broadly defined. The topic embraces any aspect of the Crown in Canada, including but not limited to the monarch and the Canadian federal and provincial viceregal representatives. Submissions are welcomed from any academic discipline.

Essays for consideration should be submitted by university faculty on the student’s behalf. Any undergraduate student is eligible, up to and including the year of graduation. Full- and part-time students are eligible.

The student’s full name and university affiliation should be listed on a cover page, along with the name and department of the submitting faculty member. This cover page will be removed during the judging process, and no identifying details should appear in the essay itself.

Essays submitted should be in the range of 2,500 to 5,000 words, plus citations. Full citations and bibliography should be included (any recognized style). Submissions should be in Word, double-spaced, in 12-point font with standard margins.

Submissions will be judged by a committee of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada. Submissions may be sent by email through the link below. The winning essay will be posted on the Institute’s website.

The Honourable Margaret McCain, CC, ONB

Margaret McCain

In 1994, Margaret Norrie McCain was appointed Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, the first woman to hold this position. She served in that role until 1997, when she moved to Toronto. Mrs. McCain has been active in organizations that promote education, music, and the arts at the provincial and national levels. She served as chancellor of Mount Allison University from 1986 to 1994 and was a member of the board of Canada’s National Ballet School for 18 years, serving as board chair from 1998 to 2000. She is currently chair of the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation. In 2019, Mrs. McCain became patron of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada and served as honorary chair of its fourth conference in Toronto.