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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]

How strict will the judges be about length of the essay or length of the video?

Very strict. If you go beyond the maximum length requested your submission will be invalid.

What is the deadline for submission?

14 February 2020. 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 16 March 2020.

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 2020. This will allow all students in the 14/15 year group to enter.

Article Entry FAQ

Can I submit images with my article?

No, article submissions are text only.

Video Entry FAQ

Can I use clips from videos displayed on or linked from the competition website?


How do I submit a video?

YouTube and Vimeo are now used very widely, so we decided to use them as part of our video competition!

To submit a video, first upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo (Click here if you're not sure how to do this). We recommend uploading it 'unlisted', to avoid other teams copying you. Then go to the submission page for your region - click here for Ireland and here for Britain, and fill in the form there! If you have any questions, get in touch with us at: [email protected]