Hymns of Peace Competition Rules and Entry Guidelines

Your Entry

  1. Entries should be English language, Christian hymns with a theme of peace, appropriate for Remembrance services in this 100th anniversary year.
  2. Entries should be received by Sunday 8 April 2018 in order to considered for the competition.
  3. Entries may be by single or multiple authors, but the contact details for the account used to enter the competition will be used for all correspondence.
  4. The competition is limited to British writers or UK residents only (unfortunately we do not have the resources available to deal with a wider pool of entry)
  5. For the purposes of this competition, a hymn shall be deemed to be either:
    • a standalone text with a metrical scheme
    • a text with a metrical scheme, with
      • a melody suitable for congregational singing; and
      • a clear harmonic structure, either through scored parts or chords.
    No specific stylistic boundaries will be imposed, other than those named above.
  6. A maximum of two hymns may be submitted per entrant. Each hymn entered will be subject to a £5.00 administration charge to be paid via PayPal at the time of submission.
  7. Complete hymns should be submitted both as an independent text and a PDF score, plus an optional mp3 recording.
    1. only original tunes may be submitted as a score. If an existing tune is recommended it can be indicated in the 'Recommended Tune' field on the submission form.​
    2. The score may be computer generated or handwritten but must be legible in order to be considered.
    3. The score should have text interlined within the staves
    4. The minimum required is a melody line with chords above
    5. A maximum of two arrangements may be used within the same score (eg standard verses & descant verse; or piano accompaniment and 4-part harmony verse); entrants should refrain from scoring each verse separately but instead use stacked lyrics within the staves
    6. A recording is not required, but entrants are free to include one with their entry if they feel it helps to convey the hymn
  8. Entries may be edited and changed by the entrant after submission, up until the closing date of the competition.
  9. Entries may be withdrawn, up until the closing date of the competition, and the administration fee will be refunded.
  10. Entries may be made by post, by sending a copy of the text (and score) and a cheque for £5 per entry, payable to Song & Hymn Writers Foundation CIO, to

    Hymns of Peace Competition,
    49 Snells Nook Lane,
    LE11 3YA

    Entrants by post should note that while the final judging will be done anonymously, it may not be possible to preserve anonymity during the editorial process. An acknowledgement of receipt will be provided if a stamped addressed envelope is supplied.

Judging, Results and Prizes

  1. Hymns will be judged anonymously. To preserve anonymity, the name of the composer and author of the hymn should appear only on the entry form and not on the copies submitted for judging
  2. All entries will be first reviewed by the Jubilate editorial panels. Those selected for the shortlist will be subject to editorial amendments as recommended by the editors. It will be a requirement of shortlisting that necessary revisions are made to the satisfaction of the editorial panel, within the supplied deadlines.
  3. In the case of a complete hymn, the judges reserve the right to award the prize to the text only and pair it with another tune when publishing.
  4. The winning hymn will be subject to an agency agreement with Jubilate Hymns Ltd. All entries must be previously unpublished, and entrants must be free to enter into a publishing arrangement with Jubilate Hymns Ltd without interest from any other publishers. Entries unable to enter into the publishing agreement will not be considered. A copy of the current agency agreement is available on request.
  5. Entries achieving ‘highly commended’ will also be recommended for publication by Jubilate.
  6. Jubilate reserves the right to not name a winner in the unlikely event of there being no entries of sufficient quality.
  7. Shortlisted entrants will be contacted by 8 May. It will not be possible to enter into correspondence regarding hymns outside the shortlist.