As the accompanying article points out, traditional hymns of the church often reflect the pastoral nature of the eras in which they were written, with language and phraseology that are more expressive of those earlier periods.

While contemporary imagery can be found in some of the church’s new hymnody, CHRISTIANITY TODAY would like to encourage further development of new expressions of the historic faith of the church, and is therefore sponsoring a new hymn contest.

The hymn poetry should express basic evangelical belief in no less than three but no more than five stanzas, and must be capable of being sung to a specific existent, designated, standard hymn tune. CHRISTIANITY TODAY staff and a panel of judges composed of musicians Donald P. Hustad, Norman Johnson, and Richard Dinwiddie, and poet Luci Shaw will review entries.

The following prizes will be awarded: first prize, $250; second prize, $100; third prize, $50; up to five honorable mentions (no monetary value) will be made. The winning entries will be published in CHRISTIANITY TODAY’s 1982 music issue.

Entries, one per envelope (up to a maximum of three from any one individual) should be sent to CT Hymn Contest, 465 Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream, Illinois 60187. All entries must be received (not postmarked) by February 1, 1982.

Here are the contest rules (reprints are available on written request only, accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope):

1. CHRISTIANITY TODAY will not be responsible for any entries that are lost or delayed in delivery. CT also reserves the right to disqualify mutilated, altered, or illegible entries, as well as any entries that do not comply with these rules.

2. No more than three submissions will be accepted from any one person, and only ...

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