New Hymn Competition Announced

Hello, GTS Community. Here is a wonderful opportunity - A New Hymn Competition with The Australian Hymn Book Pty Ltd.

There is the chance for your hymn to be placed in the Together in Song project, and prize money.
Please contact Elizabeth Murray with any questions. Best of luck!
Emily Beekman

New Hymn Competition Announced

As part of the ongoing Together in Song project of The Australian Hymn Book Pty Ltd, an International Hymn Competition is announced. The terms and conditions of the Competition are included in the Guidelines below.

Entries close 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time 31 July 2013.

Please distribute this announcement far and wide to any people and networks you think may be interested.


The Australian Hymn Book Pty Ltd is delighted to announce its first international hymn competition as part of its work of gathering the finest congregational songs for its growing Together in Song collection. The competition has two entry levels, either of which may be selected by an individual competitor: General and Specific.

Level 1: General

The General Level competition is seeking texts that re-imagine Pauline theological emphases / allusions / metaphors / images, expressing them as song texts that are accessible to, and understood by, twenty-first century worshippers.

 [As an historical model, note how in his hymn ‘And can it be’ (#209 in Together in Song) Wesley employed the following emphases / allusions in meaningful ways for congregations of his time: Verse 1: Col 1.19-21, Eph 1.7; Verse 2: 1 Peter 1.6-12; Verse 3: Phil 2.6-8; Verse 4: Acts 12.6-11; Verse 5: Rom 8, Phil 2.9 and 3.9, Heb 4.16, and 1 Cor 9.25]

Level 2: Specific Pauline Text(s) Focus

This competition level is planned to focus on Pauline texts, which deal with Paul's notion that believers must experience a ‘crucifixion’ or ‘death’ of their old selves, before they can be fully reconciled with God.

The aim of this part of the competition is to elicit faith-based responses to one or other of the quoted texts. Each response will form a ‘story’.

The ‘story’ should (a) ‘unpack’ the meaning of the text and (b) convey a sense of why the text is important to the author.

Texts for Consideration:

* 1 Corinthians 2.2 *Galatians 6.14 *Romans 6.6 *Colossians 3.3

[As an historical model, Charles Wesley re-imagined Colossians 3.3 in the text of his hymn "Thou Shepherd of Israel, and mine". The Appendix includes the Text.]


1. Content

Level 1: Open to any Pauline theological content of the applicants’ own choosing (see above explanation)

Level 2: Hymn to focus on one of the ‘Texts for Consideration’ (see above)

2. Form

Entries will be in the form of a congregational song, either Hymn or Contemporary Song style.

3. Categories

Submission may be one of two categories, reflect Pauline content as outlined above and have a minimum of three (3) stanzas in English.

Category #1: New Text and Tune

- Original melody and text

Melody in metric balance with the text

- Style either:

(i) traditional 4-part harmony with SATB, or

(ii) contemporary single-line melody for unison congregational singing, with basic keyboard accompaniment for sololine,and guitar chords.

Category #2: New Hymn Text for an Existing Tune

- Original text that is in metric balance with chosen tune

To be eligible, submission(s) must meet all the requirements for the respective category. (NB New tunes for the winning entry may be sought in the future).

4. New Work

Hymns previously published or currently entered in other contests should not be submitted. It is permissible, however, to have a local congregation or other group sample your hymn before submitting it.

5. Contemporary Application

Entries are to avoid archaic language, such as "Which wert, and art, and evermore shall be", and non-inclusive language, such as "O brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother".

6. Copyright

Copyright of the winning hymn text/s and music will become the property of The Australian Hymn Book Pty Ltd.

7. Use of Entries

The entries may be used:

(a) at celebratory Hymn Competition Services or Conference

(b) on the Together in Song World Wide Web site with copyright approval for prescribed usage

(c) in future Together in Song publications

(d) on accompaniment discs

8. Submission Information

Entry is open to all who are neither employees nor their relatives of The Australian Hymn Book Pty Ltd, nor competition judges nor their relatives.

Entrants should specify whether they are entering Level 1 or Level 2 of the Competition. They should either (a) provide four copies of each hymn, which should not include the entrant’s name; or (b) submit scanned hymn by email.

Entrants have the option of submitting a CD/mp3 track with vocal lines.

All entrants should provide a cover letter with their full name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, and the title of the entry or entries. All entries will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt.

9. Closing date and address for submission

All entries must be submitted by 5pm on 31 July 2013 to:

The Australian Hymn Book Pty Ltd International Hymn Competition PO Box 128 PARKVILLE V 3052 AUSTRALIA

10. Judging

The judges will arrive at their decision by 30 September 2013, and their decision is final. The winning entries will be announced after the winners have been notified. Only one winning entry is anticipated in each level, but the judges may decide to split the prize among several co-winners. The judges also reserve the right not to select any entry as a winner. Each entrant will receive notification of the contest winners and a copy of the winning entries.

11. Prize(s)

Winning prizes at each of the two levels will be AUD 1,200.