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Article Submission for Britain


To encourage students to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission. The topic is "Migrants are our Neighbours".


  1. Entries must be made by individuals.

  2. Entries must be no longer than 1000 words.

  3. Entries must be in English.

  4. No more than 1 entry per person.

  5. Entries must be original content.

  6. Where facts or figures are quoted, they must be credited to the source.

  7. Submissions received without a completed parent/guardian consent form will not be considered.

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John Vidal, a journalist who was environment editor at The Guardian for 27 years.

Nick Benson, senior reporter at The Universe Catholic weekly newspaper.

Josephine Siedlecka, Founder and Editor of Independent Catholic News.

Tom O’Reilly SSC, Columban priest and writer with experience of Columban mission in Pakistan.

Assisted by a Columban team of Stephen Awre (Missions Office), Julia Corcoran (Columban Advocacy), Peter Hughes SSC, (Columban Director in Britain), Ellen Teague (Columban Media), James Trewby (Columban Education) & Jack Edwards.

Judging Criteria

  1. Quality of the presentation.

  2. Definition, clarity and fairness of stories.

  3. Knowledge or first-hand experience of subject.

  4. Catholic Social Teaching on the issue of Migrants (click here).

  5. Reporting depth

  6. Construction

  7. Originality

1st place prize £300!

2nd place prize £150!

3rd place prize £100!

Closing date for entries: 8th Feb 2018

Prizes will be given at the Centenary Columban celebration at Southwark Cathedral on 30th June 2018 with Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark.

The competition is now closed, thanks to everyone that entered!