Once again, the Society is running a writing competition for various age-groups and a project competition for those under 12 years of age. Every entrant will receive a certificate and UK entrants who do not win a prize will receive a £10 book token if they are judged to have completed the work. There will be prizes awarded to the winner and runner-up in each section. If appropriate, the winning essays from the older age-groups may be printed in the Bulwark.

Entries should be sent to: Rev. Kenneth Macdonald, The Manse, 3 Ardnakillie, Scalpay, Isle of Harris, HS4 3YB. The closing date is 31st March 2015.

Entrants must include their name, date of birth, their age at end of March 2015 and full postal address. The relevant age is the age at the end of March 2015.

 

MONARCHY PROJECT

(12 years and under)

Winner £25, Runner-up £20

Make a pictorial map of the main events and battles in Scotland during Reformation years 1559-60;

or

Produce an illustrated timeline for the Scottish Reformation 1559-60.

 

HAMILTON MEMORIAL ESSAY

(12 years and under) (300 words)

Winner £25, Runner-up £20

Describe the events of two important occasions when John Knox was in St Andrews;

or

Explain why no one was executed for their religion by the Scottish Reformers in 1560.

 

MAGDALEN CHAPEL ESSAY

(13-15 years) (600-800 words)

Winner £30, Runner-up £25

Give short biographies of two Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly in 1643;

or

Write biographies of two members of the General Assembly of 20th December 1560 (excluding John Knox).

 

KNOX PRIZE ESSAY

(16-17 years)

(about 1000 words)

Winner £40, Runner-up £35

Write a brief biography of Robert Bruce, the minister, explaining why he was persecuted by James VI;

or

Discuss John Knox’s account in his ‘History of the Reformation’ of the St Giles Day riot in Edinburgh in September 1558. Does he tell the story well?

 

MELVILLE ESSAY

(18-25 years)

(about 2000 words)

Winner £60, Runner-up £50

Write a short biography of Samuel Rutherford, explaining what his great contributions were to the Church of Christ in Scotland.