CPA Ontario Write to Ignite

Write to Ignite is an annual essay competition that provides members of our High School Ambassador Program (HAP) a chance to win the top prize of $500, plus a $50 e-gift card for their teacher and a plaque for their class.

2021 theme: Has social media been good or bad to society or business and why?


Teacher Random Draw Prize: $100 e-gift card

Each time a student submits an entry, their teacher gets their name put into the draw. The more students in a class participate, the higher the change for the teacher to win.

Submission guidelines

This essay is opinion based but must be supported by research and include references.

Submit your essay by email and include the following contact information in your email:
    • your name and HAP ID number
    • your essay’s title
    • teacher’s name and email
    • your school's name and address

For complete contest details, see Rules and Regulations. Any questions, please contact our team.

Essay format requirements

  • title page that includes the following:
    • student name
    • HAP ID number
    • student email address
    • school name and address
    • teacher name and email address
  • Arial font, 12-point
  • Double spaced 
  • 1-inch margins 
  • page numbers
  • full bibliography using MLA style guidelines

Essay assessment

  • creativity and originality 
  • clarity and language 
  • spelling and grammar 
  • adherence to the essay theme

Spring 2021 Write to Ignite winners

Theme: Virtual or physical classroom? Which do you prefer and why?

1st Place - Malahim Siddiqui, Brampton
A Despised Reality for Students

2nd Place - Emily Han, Toronto
Virtually Normal: The Benefits of Online Classrooms

Joint 3rd Place - Tam Mai, Milton
The Physical Classroom: Enhancing Education Beyond the Textbook

Joint 3rd Place - Hanna Shiohara, Toronto
Virtual Classrooms to Stimulate Social Change