The Feast of the Holy Nativity Writing Contest


The writing competition is available for everyone from 6th to 12th grade. 


Essays must be emailed to on or before 11:59 p.m. on January 6, 2023 


An icon will be awarded to the top three contestants in each age bracket listed below, and the first place winner in each age bracket will also have their essay printed and shared in church.


Entries will be judged by a panel of servants from St. Augustine Orthodox Press. The following criteria are what the judges will be looking at while reviewing essays:

    1. Overall Benefit that the reader receives 
    2. Reliance on the Holy Bible, church rites, church fathers, and sacraments to support your message


  1. All essays must be typed and should use a 12-point font. It is up to the participant’s discretion which style font to use, but Times New Roman or Arial is preferred
  2. Make sure to include the following at the top of your essay:
    1. Name
    2. Phone Number
    3. Date
    4. Grade
    5. Church
  3. Pick one of the topic options listed below for your age bracket. Then come up with a creative title to reflect what you specifically plan to write about 
    1. 6-8 grade
      1. Lessons from St. Mary’s Submission to God’s Will 
      2. The Three Wise Men
    2. 9-10 Grade
      1. Why is Nativity Celebrated on January 7th
      2. Lessons from the birth of Christ in a Manger
    3. 11-12 Grade
      1. Why was the incarnation necessary for Salvation?
      2. Nativity in the Old Testament Prophecies
  4. The essay should be a 5 paragraph essay. 
    1. Introductory paragraph: The introductory paragraph should briefly mention the 3 reasons you will provide in the body paragraphs to support your central message.
    2. Three body paragraphs: Each paragraph should expand on a reason that supports your central message
    3. Concluding paragraph: Your closing paragraph should summarize what message you are trying to convey


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