Friars' Student Writing Contest 2019

The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement-Graymoor and The Catholic Register are proud to present the 2019 Friars' Student Writing Contest. 

"Justice, Only Justice, You shall Pursue." – Deuteronomy 16:20 

Read Deuteronomy 16:18-20 and submit a 500-word essay that answers this question: 

Christians sometimes commit to prayer and worship, but neglect the poor. Sometimes we pray in church, but act unkindly to others or exploit the environment. Refer to Deuteronomy 16:18-20 and answer: How can Catholics and Christians of all denominations unite to create a more just society and be examples of Christ's healing grace in a broken world? 

friars writing contest 2019 prize

1st Place Prize: HP Pavilion x360 Laptop 

2nd Place Prize: iPad (6th gen.) 32gb 

3rd Place Prize: Google Home speaker 2 

Contest Rules:

All submissions will be read by a panel including professional journalists, and judged on overall merit. Contestants must be 14-18 years of age, and currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school or equivalent program. Essays must be no longer than 500 words in length and submitted on or before the contest closing date.  Include your full name, email address, phone number, and name of your school on the front page of your essay. The top three essays will be edited and published in The Catholic Register.

Deadline for entries is Monday, February 18, 2019.

Entriest may be submitted by e-mail: Re: "Writing Award" to

or by mail: Writing Award, The Catholic Register, 1155 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON,M4T 1W2

For further information please contact: 1-855-441-4077

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