The Chaplaincy Prize

This prize has been established through the generous donation of monies received through the University of St Andrews American Foundation.  Awarded each year, the prize will be open to all current students at the University of St Andrews and based around a particular theme for an original piece of creative work or essay.

The theme for the 2024/25 award will be ‘Finding Peace’.

Prize award: £250

This year’s theme is always significant – from finding peace of mind in a highly pressured environment, to peace with our own self in the messiness of life; from finding peace with others in our human relationships, to peace across communities with real differences; from finding peace, even reconciliation, in a time of conflict, violence and war, to finding peace with God, however understood.
What we are looking for is one of the following:

  • An essay (750 words maximum)
  • Poems, hymns, songs, or a short story  (750 words maximum)
  • A focussed/practical project, which is documented and reported (750 words maximum).

It must:

  • clearly reflect the theme of ‘Finding Peace’
  • contain a faith/spiritual element or show spiritual growth/change.

Other optional elements:
Your entry can include mixed media, such as photos/images (10 max) or video content (5 minutes max).
It can be a short report or piece of written work on something you have already been working on during your studies or over the summer break.

The winners will be decided by a committee formed from the Chaplaincy team who will assess applications and choose a prize-winner.

To enter, submit your entry directly by email attachment in either Word or PDF format, to, or in person to the Chaplaincy, Mansefield, 3 St Mary’s Place, St Andrews.

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 31 January 2025.