Reflection Book Project

Collaborate with us to help create a new reflection & prayer book


Students across Queensland are invited to submit reflections and prayers to go into a new Reflections Book. In previous years we have invited schools and young people to to participate in competitions such as our poster competition, multimedia competition and most recently the “Show Us Your Works’ competition. This year we wanted to hear from schools and young people to develop a new version of our Prayer Book which was first created in 2015. Following on from the success of this project it is now time for us to develop a new edition. This time we are looking for both prayers and reflection pieces focused on social justice issues.



Young people across Queensland are invited to share their creativity and be a part of the New Vinnies Youth Reflection Book. This resources will be used in school based conference and classrooms as a way to help engage in social justice issues and advocacy.

To enter, please include:

  • An original reflection piece or prayer (400 words max)
  • An A4 sized art piece to accompany your reflection or prayer (optional)
  • ALL entries need to include
    • Entrants Name
    • Age
    • School

The reflection piece needs to be social justice themed based on a topic you feel passionate about. Themes can included, but are not limited to; poverty in Australia, homelessness, refugees and asylum seekers, the environment, justice, hope, gratitude, compassion, social exclusion or isolation, bullying, etc.

Your reflection piece can be in the form of a poem, prayer, song, a graphic image you have created, creative story, a photo you have taken (written permission must be gained for any persons involved), a creative writing piece, a painting or drawing with reflection questions, a personal story, etc. You may also wish to include some questions that you would like the reader to reflect upon about your piece.


It is preferred that entries are submitted electronically via our website, using the form below, including any art work which would need to be scanned and uploaded.

Alternatively hard copies and Electronic files sent on USB can be posted to;

Vinnies Youth – Reflection Book Submissions

St Vincent de Paul Society Youth Department

PO BOX 3351


Entries sent as hard copies should have a cover page attached to their submission. For electronic files sent on USB: File type press quality PDF; Maximum file size 10MB; files need to be named in the following format Students Name_Age_Title, for example Fred_Ozanam_12_Good_Works.

Entries sent on a USB need to have the school name and the school contact person attached to the outside of the USB.

Entries are open from Tuesday 23 April 2019, and will close Friday 20 September 2019

Reflection Piece Submission Form

Submissions for the 2019 Reflection Book Project have now closed. Please contact your local Youth Engagement Officer for further questions.


AGREEMENT - By submitting an entry in St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland’s ‘Reflection & Prayer Book’ project, entrants agree to these terms and conditions.


Entry is open to all Queensland primary and secondary school groups and/or students. Students can submit a piece as an individual or as a group.

  • This Project has been extended and will run from Tuesday 23 April 2019 and closes at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Friday 20 September 2019.
  • Schools must nominate a school teacher/member of staff to approve their application. Approval from nominated school teacher/ member of staff removes any responsibility or concerns of content submitted to the St Vincent de Paul Society QLD.
  • To enter, the entrant, or nominated school representative, can submit a Reflection or Prayer including any artwork, either electronically using our online submission form, or mail submissions on USB. Hard copy submissions will be accepted, however electronic submissions are preferred.
  • Entrants are responsible for providing correct and honest information, and ensuring their submission is their own original work.
  • Entrants are responsible for ensuring that their entries are received before the period for submission closes. St Vincent de Paul Society QLD is not responsible for late, lost, or damaged entries, or for any failure of entries to arrive due to postal issues, email issues or issues with
    the website.
  • Once an entry is submitted, it cannot be amended or replaced. If an entrant wishes to withdraw their entry, the entrant, nominated school representative should contact the St Vincent de Paul Society QLD.



Entry is free.


Entrants who are short listed and selected for publication, agree to participate in any reasonable publicity or promotion of the St Vincent de Paul Society QLD’s event related to this Project requested by the Promoter (for example, students being photographed and those photographs being published).


In order to ensure that the St Vincent de Paul Society QLD has sufficient rights to publish the entry, each entrant, in submitting an entry (and, in relation to entrants who are not 18 years of age when submitting the entry, a parent/guardian of the entrant, on the entrant’s behalf):

  • Acknowledges that the entrant understands, and agrees to, the Terms and Conditions of this project;
  • Advises that the entry is the entrant’s original work and that the entrant has not copied it from any other person’s work;
  • Grants the St Vincent de Paul Society QLD a permanent, irrevocable, world-wide, non-exclusive and free licence to use, modify, reproduce, publish, communicate and distribute the entry for the Project, or any other Society purpose;
  • Consents to any of the following types of acts or omissions by the Society: (a) use of all or part of the entry in accordance with the licence granted above, with or without attribution of authorship to the entrant (but the Society will not falsely attribute authorship of the entry); (b) supplementing the entry with any other material; and (c) use of the entry in a different context to that originally envisaged; and
  • Acknowledges that the entrant’s name, age and school will be published in connection with the Project, and consents to such publication.

All entries become the property of the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, including any physical entries (i.e. those sent in via post either as hard copies or on USB).


The Promoter will treat all personal information obtained through this Project in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth). Entrants consent to the publication of their name, age and school on the St Vincent de Paul Society QLD’s website, in any media produced as a result of the Project, and elsewhere.


The Promoter may amend these Terms and Conditions at any stage, and any amendments will be binding on all entrants. If, for any reason, this Project is not able to be run as planned, the Promoter may cancel the Project without liability to any entrant, or any other person.