The Catholic Young Writer Award is presented annually by the Catholic Union of Great Britain, for the best essay on a specific topic. It is open to all young Roman Catholic, or pupils at Catholic schools, in Years 7, 8 and 9. There is a cash prize of £150, plus book prizes, and a shield which is kept for one year. A number of runner-up prizes are also awarded.
TO THE STUDENTS:
How to enter the 2019 Award
The theme for 2019 is PILGRIMAGE. Visit a Catholic church – it can be as part of a group visit or on your own. Choose THREE of the following items and write about them, explaining what they are and why they are important. You will find the Catchetism of the Catholic Church useful and should list this and any other books or websites consulted.
- The Tabernacle and the Blessed Sacrament inside
- The altar with Cross and Candles
- The Confessionals
- A statue of Mary
- The Baptismal Font
At the end of your essay, which can be handwritten or produced on a computer, write out IN YOUR OWN HANDWRITING one of the following traditional Pilgrimage Prayers:
The Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, the Glory Be, the Apostles Creed.
Your essay should be a maximum of four sides of A4. You must give the name of the church and the date when you visited. Do not omit the handwritten prayer.
Your essay must include your FULL NAME, INCLUDING SURNAME, DATE OF BIRTH and the FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS OF YOUR SCHOOL.
TO THE TEACHER:
This is designed for every student in the class. We suggest a group visit to a local Catholic church or shrine, but students may also make their own visits. Collect all the essays together and post them to:
Catholic Young Writers Award 2019
Catholic Union of Great Britain
St Maximillian Kolbe House
63 Jeddo Road
London W12 9EE
They will all be returned and prizewinners notified at the start of the new term in September 2019.
Deadline for entries is June 30th 2019. All essays will be returned. No record of students’ names will be kept.
Please note that this is not a CISC Competition. All enquiries should be directed to the Catholic Union of Great Britain – http://catholicunion.org.uk/