Young Writers Competition

Spirit of Saint Patrick International Young Writers Competition

Theme: Human Trafficking/ Faith in Challenging Times


The Saint Patrick Centre is launching an international writing competition to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, and is inviting young aspiring writers to write about human trafficking and slavery worldwide.

The International Spirit of Patrick Writing competition is open to young writers aged 16 to 20, as St Patrick himself was trafficked to Ireland, as a young person at this age, around 410AD.

Young writers are being invited to compose 2,000 words on the theme of Human trafficking and slavery in our world today and Faith in challenging times.

St Patrick is believed to have been trafficked at age 16 and held captive in Ireland for six years before he miraculously escaped, having found God in his isolation and suffering.

“We at the Centre believe the issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, which cause so much suffering and torment in the world today need to be stopped and this can only be done when future generations engage and become involved,” said Dr Tim Campbell, Director of Saint Patrick Centre.

“We also think that young people have a lot to say about faith at a time when our freedoms are curtailed by Covid.

“We invite young writers to write about these twin themes and we will publish the winners online.”

The Spirit of Patrick Writing Competition opens today as it is the 7th International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. According to the United Nations, human trafficking affects every country in the world.

The winning essay writer will receive a brand new apple i-pad and their work will be reproduced on our website and facebook and social media channels.

The competition closes on 12th March and the winner will be announced on St Patrick’s Day.

Judges from the Saint Patrick Centre include Centre Director Dr Timothy Campbell, Author and Broadcaster, Martina Purdy, and Pilgrim Guide Elaine Kelly.

To qualify essays must be in English, emailed to and entrants must be between 16 or 20 on March 17 2020.

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