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International Essay Competition

The International Alliance of Catholic Knights is announcing an International Essay Competition for young people in the last three years of Secondary School.

The competition will be run nationally by the Orders in the counties below: The winner of each national competition will go forward to the International Competition

United States of America: the Knights of Peter Claver.

Ireland (including Northern Ireland):  Knights of St. Columbanus.

Great Britain: Knights of St. Columba.

Nigeria:  Knights of St. Mulumba.

Australia: Knights of the Southern Cross

New Zealand:  Knights of the Southern Cross.

The Gambia: Knights of Saints Peter and Paul.

Mauritius: Knights of Our Lady Queen of Peace

Ghana: Knights  of Marshall.

Austria. Knights of St. Virgil.

Each Order will make their own announcement regarding the national competition


The essay will be on the following subject:  Walking in joy to serve the Lord” – a young person’s perspective on living the Good News of the Gospel in today’s world. 

Competition is open to boys and girls in the final three years of secondary school.

The essay must be in the English language.

The entry must be typewritten double-spaced font Arial size 14

The entry may be submitted in either MS. Word or PDF format.

The essay should have a minimum length of 1200 words and a maximum of 2000 words. The essay must be relevant and the author must demonstrate an understanding of the topic.

Identify references and quotations where used.

Plagiarism is not acceptable.


Quality and Imagination in expressing views and the use of good language is paramount

Good use of grammar, punctuation etc

Suggestions on facing/tackling the challenges

Provide evidence of research to support their points of view


Formal National and International Announcement: October 2018

National competitions to conclude by: 28 February 2019

Announcement of international winner Easter 2019

Further details may be obtained by emailing

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