Leaders of a chapel near ground zero that became a sanctuary of consolation after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are opening two national writing competitions to foster reconciliation.

The Episcopal Parish of Trinity Church will award one prize for preaching and six for storytelling. The winner of the preaching award will deliver an original sermon on Sept. 11 at St. Paul's Chapel.

Trinity's rector, Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, says the idea for the competitions came about because visitors to the World Trade Center site still struggle to make sense of the attacks.

Entries must be submitted between July 1 and Aug. 1. Winners will be announced by Aug. 24. The competitions are open to people of all faiths 18 years and older.