2022 Essay Contest 

The Archbishops’ 2022 Essay contest ended on August 31, 2022. We experienced an overwhelming response. Thank you and good luck to all of the entrants

For the 2022 Contest, the Archbishop invites entrants to submit an essay telling how the church can effectively deal with controversial social issues of the day, while being true to the gospel and remaining loving to the people? These topics could relate to but are not limited to the following:

  •  Self-adopted sexual identity
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Censoring or canceling people
  • Group-think
  • Tolerating criminal behavior
  • Abortion as birth control

The Clergy Category is open to ACNA priests and deacons. The Lay Category is open to lay persons who are active members of an ACNA church.

For Clergy Entrants
1st Prize $2,500 2nd Prize $1,500 3rd Prize $1,000
For Lay Entrants
1st Prize $2,500 2nd Prize $1,500 3rd Prize $1,000
All winners will receive a trophy and a letter of commendation from the Archbishop.
First Place essays will be published at the ACNA website and as free digital downloads at anglicanhousepublishers.org. Other winners may be selected for publication as well.

The Annual Contest is presented by Anglican House Publishers, a Ministry Partner of the Anglican Church in North America.

The contest will be judged in the blind by a panel of outside members of the Anglican House Board of Directors, i.e., board members who are neither officers of the ministry nor active in its management.

Submissions will be assigned a numeric code to facilitate the blind judging process.

Essays will be judged on these points:

  • Insights
  • Balance
  • Clarity
  • Feasibility


  • Begin with a statement (thesis) that the rest of your essay will prove.
  • Write in complete sentences.
  • Write in third person (no “I,” “we,” or “you”)
  • Use footnotes or endnotes for all reference information
  • Avoid slang, contractions, and abbreviations.
  • Use correct spelling and punctuation.
  • Provide supporting and contrary evidence in the essay body
  • Summarize your findings in support of your thesis based on the evidence you provided in the body.

6:00 p.m. EST August 31, 2022.
Winners will be announced not later than November 30, 2022.

Essays must be submitted as Word documents not exceeding 2,500 words.

Submission before the absolute deadline is encouraged to avoid swamping the judging process.

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