What does home mean to you?

National Writing Contest for Grades 4, 5 and 6

Contest is open January 8 to February 23, 2024

Important Dates

Teacher sign-up starts Fall 2023
Contest opens January 8, 2024
Contest closes February 23, 2024
Judging period February 26 - April 30, 2024
Winners announced May 2024


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Grand Prize

$30,000 Grant + iPad + Pizza Party

Runner Up

$10,000 Grant + Tablet + Pizza Party

All Entries

All entries result in a $10 donation to a local Habitat

 Habitat for Humanity Canada Student Writing Contest

Thank you for supporting Habitat for Humanity Canada through the Meaning of Home contest.

Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada are invited to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them. It’s a great way for students to engage in an interactive and fun way, and it teaches youth the importance of safe, affordable housing.

How the contest works

Meet the 2023 Winners

Read the illustrated storybook of Harleen’s winning entry!

See all the 2023 winners!


One of my students who didn’t know she was a writer can now confidently say she is. She was a runner-up in the 2020 contest and was able to direct money to a Habitat for Humanity project in our community. This contest is one of a kind and changes so many lives.



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The more entries we receive, the more money is raised for families in need!

Our Sponsors

Founding Sponsor

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