IRC Student Essay Competition

IRC Student Essay Competition

*New Deadline- August 31st, 2012*

The Independent Regulatory Commission is pleased to announce the opening of its first student essay competition.

Essay Competition

The aim of this competition is to engage college and secondary school students across the island in discussing the role and responsibility of the IRC as it seeks to protect the public’s interest, regulate competition between service providers and monitor social and environmental issues within the industry.


‘Explain why it is important to establish an Independent Regulatory Commission to oversee and regulate the electricity sector in Dominica and how this is of benefit to electricity consumers’.

General Rules of the essay competition:

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  • Your answer must be in essay format and should include title at the top
  • Essays should be written in Standard English
  • The essay must contain at least 700 words but not more than 1000 words, not including the title, bibliography or footnotes
  • Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be properly identified or cited. Failure to cite non-original material will result in disqualification
  • The entry should be typed as a Word Document (.doc, .docx) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • The Times New Roman font face and 12pt font size must be used, with 1-inch margins on all sides, 1.5 paragraph spacing, and a Page Footer numbering all pages (e.g. page 1 of 2, page 2 of 2, etc.)
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a cover page indicating your name, the name of your school, your age and word count.
  • Your final submission can be e-mailed (preferably in PDF format) to: or dropped in at our office at: 42 Cork Street (1st Floor) Roseau, Dominica
  • If sending via e-mail, the subject should read ‘IRC Student Essay Competition’ or if hand-delivered, the envelope should be labeled same
  • Entries must be submitted on or before August 31st 2012
  • Announcement of winner will be made during the IRC’s Fifth Anniversary celebrations in September, 2012
  • There is no fee to apply


Evaluation Criteria

The essay submissions will be evaluated on the basis of grammar, structure, and content. The scoring procedures at all levels of the competition will be identical and will include:

  • Material Organization (logical interpretation of the subject, adherence to topic): 40 points
  • Vocabulary and Style (phrasing and continuity): 30 points
  • Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling: 20 points
  • Neatness: 5 points
  • Adherence to contest rules (prepared in the proper format): 5 points

Total Points possible: 100 POINTS.


College and secondary school students are eligible to participate.

Contest Prizes

  1. 1st Prize Winner: Kindle Fire, $200 cash award and essay published on IRC’s website
  2. 2nd Prize Winner: Ipod Touch
  3. 3rd Prize Winner: Digital Camera

*NB– The winning school will receive a special award.


  1. vincia massicot
    May 22, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    where am i going to get this infoemation

    1. Tamer
      August 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      A good essay is not just throwing stuff. You want to be very crteviae if you want to get good grades. Writing an essay is not an easy task. A good essay needs sharp writing as well as firm grip on chosen topic and it seems that your topic is interesting.

  2. educated mind
    May 30, 2012 at 2:19 am

    this looks a Little difficult..but still doing it

    1. Wandreza
      July 10, 2012 at 5:42 am

      Well, the title I have in mind may be toolong, so I apzoogile.The title I suggest, that I could think fit yourcriteria, is: The Cross of the Delicate Rose the Fierce Dahlia The Rose symbolizes Juliet, while the Dahliarepresents Romeo.The two discriptive words, also, would vaguely describe thetwo characters.I truly hope I helped with your your essay.Well, bye.

  3. IRC
    July 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    To Educated Mind….We are happy that you have decided to try. We look forward to receiving your essay.

    To Vincia Massicot….Please use all the sources around you as it relates to the question, including the Commission itself. You may just find something there. Note that this is not a promise.

  4. kalinago
    July 15, 2012 at 4:05 am

    well the college just sent out the competition info and stated that entries must be submitted before august 31 but the website shows before june 30th. i am so confused. can staff please reply to my email and verify this?

    1. admin
      August 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Dear Kalinago this is correct the new deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2012? The deadline has been extended. Please refer to this press release here for more information.


  5. Confused
    August 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    IT says that the essay must include a title at the top. I don’t know if it means the topic or am i supposed to make my own title. Very confusing..

  6. Participant
    September 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I submitted my essay in pdf format on August 31st just before 10 p.m. I would like to know if my essay would still be qualified for the competition, seeing that there was no deadline time stated.

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