The Cranmer Awards

What are the Cranmer Awards?

The Cranmer Awards are an annual competition run by the Prayer Book Society to introduce young people to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer - the bedrock of the Anglican Church and among the finest writing to be found anywhere.

Entrants from across the country read or recite a passage of their choice, 3-5 minutes in duration, from the Book of Common Prayer. Local heats are held around the country, and the winners of the heats go through to the National Final where competitors must recite their chosen passage by heart. Entrants are encouraged to ask a teacher or a priest for guidance on how to prepare for the Cranmer Awards.

Rochester Junior FinalistsThere are two age groups: Juniors (11-14 years) and Seniors (15-18 years). To enter the Junior class you should be at least 11 but not yet 15 on 1st February next; senior class 15 but not yet 19 on 1st February next.

Ideally suited to students of English, drama or RE, the Cranmer Awards allow young people to experience the sheer magic of Cranmer's language.

Rochester Senor

Teachers find the Awards a useful adjunct to studies, and students can relate to the Awards in their coursework and examinations. Each school/college/church may enter several young people in each category (Senior and Junior).

Click here to view the rules and advice for competitors.

2010 Junior First Prizewinner Isabelle Tett (aged 12) reciting from the Book of Common Prayer:

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How to enter

For information about your local heat of the Cranmer Awards, please contact the National Administrator:

Merriel Halsall-Williams
You can email Merriel at

(or, for Oxon, Berks & Bucks - email Clare at

Judging at York Finals 2013

The Archbishop giving his address, flanked by the Judges (L-R): Mrs Alexandra Daborn; The Rt Revd Glyn Webster; Miss Prudence Dailey (PBS Chairman); Mrs Lesley Cook (partially hidden); Mrs Rosemary Hall (partially hidden); The Revd Dr Roger Beckwith; Miss Jennifer Hazan

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