The Good Oil 2021 Writers’ Award

Entries close 12 midnight Sunday 22 August 2021 

The Good Oil 2021 Writers’ Award is an initiative of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. The award aims to support and encourage the development of emerging and published writers.

The Good Oil’s editorial vision is to nourish the spirit, stimulate thinking, promote social justice, and encourage reflection and dialogue about issues of the day from a Christian, Catholic, Good Samaritan perspective.

The theme for the award is Inclusivity, which is embodied in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37).

Length: 800 – 1200 words. Entry is free.
A panel of judges will award first, second and third place. 

The prize for the winning entry will be $600; second prize $400; third prize $200.

Entrants may submit more than one piece of writing, to a maximum of three (3) pieces, in the following writing styles:

  • Reflection – creative writing or first person reflective writing
  • Opinion – first person personal opinion
  • Profile – profile of a person based on an interview and research
  • News feature – issues-based article written in journalistic style. 

For further information about the award, to download the guidelines and entry form, go to

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