The winner of the 2008 student essay contest is Melanie Ihmels for her submission "The New Chewing Gum: Okanagan Suffrage Movement 1890-1917"

Okanagan Historical Society Essay Contest

Aims/Goals: To encourage the research and writing of Okanagan history by post secondary students.
Eligibility: Students currently in any post secondary institution in British Columbia.
Prize: a) $1000 (one thousand dollars).(To be confirmed later this year or beginning of 2007.)
b) Possible publication in the "Okanagan History" book (The annual publication of the Okanagan Historical Society).
General Criteria: The essay must:
- Depict history which occurred in the geographical area encompassed by the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen Valleys.
- Be suitable for publication in the "Okanagan History" book.
- Be submitted on a 3.5 inch disk or CD or online and typed double spaced on 8.5 x 11.0 in. white paper.
- Be minimum length of 1500 words to a maximum of 2500.
- Include a cover page which shows:
  • Student's name and registration number.
  • Name of Institution.
  • Student's telephone number and address.
  • Student's E-mail address
  • Title of essay.
Evaluation Criteria: The essay will be judged according to:

Historical Information

The degree to which the writer has gathered accurate information in different ways; has insightfully selected essential information; and has interpreted or synthesized that information.

Effective Communication

The quality of the historical content in that it effectively uses rich, vivid detail in a style which engages and involves the reader.


The conclusions the writer makes which reflect clear, logical links between the information and interpretations based on relevant evidence; the way the writer describes his/her own thinking about the historical content which demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the historical issue(s).


Demonstrated level of organization, correct sentence structure, usage, grammar, diction, mechanics, bibliography and footnoting.

Deadline: March 15th of each year.
Submit To: Jessie Ann Gamble
Box 516
Armstrong, BC V0E-1B0
(250) 546-9416


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