The Short Papers Competition




Interested Brethren and Companions for 2013, please read below:

Any East Lancashire Freemason is eligible to enter this competition and entries must be submitted by 30th September, 2013.

The principal objectives of this competition are:

i) To stimulate interest in masonic research and the writing of masonic papers amongst the brethren.
ii) To encourage new talent to come forward and augment / replace the usual list of masonic researchers—succession planning.
iii) To provide a further outlet of masonic education amongst the brethren, supplementing and strengthening the base of educational material already available.
iv) To promote the work of the Provincial Grand Mentor, the Provincial Grand Orator and the Education & Development Committee.

The winning paper will be announced at the November meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge and the Cup will be presented to the winning author accompanied by the Master/1st Principal of his Lodge or Chapter. The winner will be invited to present his paper at one or more of the major Provincial meetings through the year—Craft or Royal Arch depending on the nature of the paper. The winning author will have his paper listed on the Provincial website as one of the accredited Provincial Lectures and, if he is willing, the author may also be listed amongst the Approved Provincial lecturers—available to deliver his paper on request around the Province. The winning paper and runners up will also be submitted for inclusion in the Masonic Square Magazine and we will publicise the success of the winner in Freemasonry Today, Provincial News and on the Provincial website.
Runners up and all papers of quality may be put forward as material that Lodges and Chapters can download from the Provincial website or access from their District Mentor, to deliver or use the paper themselves in Lodge or Chapter.

2011 Competition Results

The winning paper for 2011 was written by John Spencer Buckley, a PM of Arthur Sullivan Lodge No 2156 which meets at Middleton and his winning paper was entitled St. Edmunds Church, Fallinge – An Appreciation. John will be invited to deliver his paper at one of the major Provincial meetings during 2012.

The Runner-up was Geometry within Masonic Symbols by W Bro Andrew J Halford, a PM of Ben Brierley Lodge No 3317 and two Highly Commended papers; The Mystery of the Early Colne Lodge by W Bro Eddie Forkgen a member of Royal Lancashire Lodge No 116 which meets at Colne and What Freemasonry means to Me by Stuart Smith, a relatively new Mason of Keystone Lodge No 3630 meeting at Rochdale.


WBro Fred Lomax
Chairman of Materials Sub-Committee



The Internet Lodge, No. 9659, ran a succesful and ground-breaking short papers competition in 2007 and 2009. You can read more about their work HERE. We have been asked what criteria our judges will be looking for. Essentially they will be looking for the best 'presentation', i.e. imagine the paper is being presented to an audience who will be entertained,taught, captivated, maybe involved and hopefully to some extent transformed.