Catholic Homeschool Australia is holding a high school Essay, Short Story, & Poetry contest! The contest is open to any Catholic Highschool Homeschooled students (yes, that means world-wide!) , Grades 7 through 12.

The essays or short stories should be around 500-1000 words in length. Poems should be around 150+ words. (These are, however, suggested lengths. You can exceed the length (or use slightly less words) if you need to.)


The topic is wide in scope: Christmas! That means any aspect of the great feast! Students can write about the theology of the feast, family traditions, one special Christmas experience, food and feasting (maybe the best ever Christmas dinner, or perhaps the worst!), even Saint Nicholas!

The style of the essay, short story, or poem is also wide open; every mood is welcome, from darkly serious to hilarious! If the essay, or short story  relates to Christmas, it qualifies for the contest.


The first place for each category will be published on Catholic Homeschool Australia! (If we get a large volume of entries then we’ll post 2nd and 3rd as well)


Catholic Homeschool Australia staff will be the judges. All essays, short stories and poems should be submitted by December 24th, 2018.

The judges are looking forward to reading some very fine essays, and short stories. So sharpen your pencils and get ready to write something spectacular!

Where to send the Entries?

If you’re under the age of 18, please get a parent’s permission before entering. Simply email your Essay, Short Story, or Poem  to: Please include the title of your entry, your grade (or year level), what category you’re entering,and your name. (And country you’re from if possible)

One entry per category, per student. Students may enter into all categories if they so wish. (Short story, Essay, Poetry)

Spread the word, and refer all of your Catholic Homeschooled Highschool friends over to this post! 😉

If you have any questions regarding this competition, don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below!