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Below are some commonly asked questions. If your question isn't answered here, get in touch with us at [email protected]

What is the deadline for submission?

20 February 2021. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

Must submissions have titles?


Do Columbans need to be mentioned in the entry?

Not necessarily, but you are welcome to mention any aspect of Columban mission work related to the theme.

Can we involve celebrities?

Yes, as long you make the arrangement with them and brief them about the competition.

Can we use interviews?


Do I have to be Catholic to participate?

No, but you must have respect for the Catholic ethos of the Missionary Society of St. Columban.

Do I need to submit a parent or guardian consent form with my entry?

If you've entered the competition before you would have been asked to submit a parent or guardian consent form, this is no longer required.

When will I/we receive news about the winners of the competition?

Winners to be announced personally and on Columban media on 15 March 2021.

Can I enter if I've entered or won a prize in a previous competition?


How strict is the lower age limit?

We can include young people who are turning 15 on or before the 31st August 2021. This will allow all students in the 14/15 year group to enter.

Article Entry FAQ

How strict will the judges be about length of the article?

Very strict. If you go beyond the maximum length of 1000 words, or the minimum length of 800 words, your submission will be invalid.

Can I submit images with my article?

No, article submissions are text only.

Image Entry FAQ

Can I enter more than one image?

Unfortunately not. Only one image submission per person.

What happens if I can’t get permission for every face in my photo?

Rules state that you MUST have permission from everyone that appears in the image. Any images of children used in your submission must have written permission from their parent/guardian. Winners will be required to make the signed permission available to the competition organisers.

Can I take a digital picture of another form of art that I have created eg a painting I have done or a clay moulding I have made?

Yes, that is fine if it is your own work.

Can I take a digital picture of another form of art that I have seen, eg a religious statue or some needlework?

Yes this is fine, although you will need to have consent from the owner or creator of the artwork.

Can I submit a black and white photograph?

Yes, black and white images are accepted along with colour images.