The BCPSA sponsors three annual student essay competitions, two biannual book prizes and a prize for the best two papers presented to the BCPSA Annual General Meeting. The objectives of these competitions are to encourage, recognize and reward outstanding scholarship in Political Studies by students and members of the BCPSA.  The President of the BCPSA is responsible for organizing the competitions and their adjudication.   All prizes are awarded at each annual meeting. The competitions are: