Enter the 2020 Theology Slam competition

Theology Slam is a competition searching for the most engaging voices thinking theologically about the contemporary world.  The competition is open to anyone aged 18-30, and consists of two rounds. 


The first round of the 2020 competition opens for entries 1 November 2019.

For the first round, we are asking you to write 500 words on one of 12 contemporary issues, along with a short video introduction.

Your 500-word piece should:

  • Explore the topic at hand from a theological perspective – you are welcome to pick a specific area relevant to the broad topic, or explore the topic as a whole
  • Be relevant to everyday life – what does engaging with this theologically mean for Christian discipleship?
  • Consider the topic from an explicitly Christian worldview, adhering to an understanding of faith as set out in the Apostles’ Creed
  • Be able to be expanded into a 7-10 minute talk, should you be shortlisted for the final
  • NOT include footnotes – this is not an academic essay!

Your introductory video should:

  • Be no more than 90 seconds long
  • Introduce who you are
  • Explain why you are interested in the topic you have chosen


Topics announced from 1 November 2019.


Submissions will be judged according to the criteria outlined above. Three finalists will be chosen, and invited to participate in the second round, which includes a half-day session with a public-speaking trainer, followed by delivering a 7-10 minute presentation at the Theology Slam Live Final. This presentation will be an expanded version of your original 500-word entry, and will be followed by a short time of Q&A with the audience.


The three finalists will all receive free public speaking coaching and a chance to present to and receive feedback from some of the top theologians and communicators in the Christian world. The winner will receive a collection of books worth up to £250 and have their 500-word entry published in the Church Times.

Any questions, please email theologyslam@hymnsam.co.uk


Terms and Conditions:

The competition begins on the 1 November. Only one entry is permitted per person. There is no cash alternative offered for the prize(s). Applicants from throughout the UK and Ireland are accepted, but finalists must cover their own travel expenses to/from London. All finalists must attend the live event on the evening of 26 March 2020. The promoter is SCM Press and they will own the copyright to any entries submitted. 

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