Dorothy Archer Memorial Prizes

The NUF would like to honor the life and work of our late president, Dorothy Archer.

The following information and details regarding annual competitions have been donated from the estate of a well celebrated and generous woman.




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The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Finding My Space’

Closing date: 31 October 2022

Winners to be announced Christmas 2022

The National Unitarian Fellowship is delighted to announce the establishment of these prizes in
memory of the late Dorothy Archer, member, past President and tireless worker for the NUF over
many years.
The prizes have been made possible by a generous bequest from Dorothy’s estate.
There will be an annual round of awards but the categories of award will change each year.
The awards for 2022 will be four individual prizes and one group prize.

To enter, please use the application form below or email the secretary at

Please make sure you have read the rules before entering.

Details and prizes are as follows…

1) "Unitarian? What’s that?" Elevator Speech Podcast

…is the ‘elevator question’ many of us have been asked.

This prize is for a short podcast explaining your definition to a person who asks that question.

The recording should be prefaced
with your name and contact details and emailed to

Value £100

3) The News & Views Front Cover

…is the quarterly magazine of the National Unitarian Fellowship which is distributed as a digital and paper copy to all members of the Fellowship.

The cover should reflect your interpretation of the theme, ‘Finding my space’ and contain ‘National Unitarian Fellowship and the charity number 1040294. Email as a pdf to

Value £100

2) Best Unitarian Prayer or Poem.

…of between 100 – 150 words based on the theme of ‘Finding my space’.

This should be an original piece written for the competition.

The winning piece will be printed in the News & Views as well as a selection of other entries. Email as a pdf to

Value £100

4) A Unitarian Hymn


A Unitarian hymn that reflects the theme of ‘Finding my Space’.

Minimum of two verses set to a recognised tune or your original work.

Email as a pdf to

Value £100

5) Digital Connections Award

This prize for innovation in Digital Connections. The last two years have brought exciting new ways in which congregations and other groups have connected using technology. This award will be for the most innovative use of  digital methods to broaden the reach of your Unitarian resources. This could be as simple as a new format for your email newsletters; podcasts, worship, videos, a revamped website,  online meetings, discussion groups, activities or networking.  

In the first place please submit a resume of your project, no longer than 1000 words, giving links to resources where possible.

The judges will be looking for Digital connection projects that started or primarily evolved within the last 2.5 years, and which are inclusive, accessible, creative and sustainable and you should explain how the project meets these criteria

The prize for the winner is £200 but we hope to showcase all submissions in an (online) event in 2023, as an opportunity for connection and learning from each other.

For complete details email:


Value £200

Application Form


Please use the form below to apply for the prizes shown above. If you are having difficulty using the form please download the PDF version here and send it to the secretary at Thank you.

Closing date: 31st October 2022

Winners announced: Christmas 2022

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