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Inaugural Wide Margin Essay Competition - Our ancestors, our faith


At Wide Margin, we're always on the look out for the next Peter Phan, Charles Nyamiti or Bénézet Bujo. Maybe that's you or someone you know? To help us find them, we're launching our first essay competition on the theme of "Our ancestors, our faith". Full details, and a printable poster, are below:


Inaugural Wide Margin Essay Competition

“Our ancestors, our faith”

Wide Margin Books is a Christian publishing company specialising in books on Christian living from first time and non-Western authors. We want to give a platform for new voices, particularly from those in the Global South, to contribute their knowledge and thought to the global Church. We also want to encourage theological reflection on areas which impact upon majority world Christianity but which are not traditionally considered within the sphere of Western theology.

To facilitate this, we are announcing our first essay competition. We are soliciting essays on the theme of the relationship between the Christian faith and ancestral cultures; some example areas for consideration might include, but are not limited to:

  • An ancestral Christology: what are the implications of Jesus being the firstborn of all creation?
  • The Communion of Saints within an ancestral culture
  • What do we do about the spirits?: Theological reflections on ministering in ancestral cultures
  • The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: ancestral relationships and within the Bible

Essays will be judged on the basis of their theological and pastoral application, clarity of thought, relevance, interaction with appropriate literature, and original insight. For the purposes of judging, the correct use of English shall not be a consideration to the extent that the author’s intent is clear. The competition is open to entrants from any part of the world, although preference will be given to those whose personal experience of ancestral cultures illuminates their work.

Our judges will select the top ten essays to be published as a collection, and additionally the top three entries will receive cash prizes:

First prize: £250
Second prize: £100
Third prize: £50

Further details

  • Essays should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Please also include with your submission a short paragraph of biographical data.
  • Essays are to be submitted electronically to essays@wide-margin.co.uk ; the closing date for submissions is September 1st, 2014.
  • Top ten entries will receive a copy of the essay compilation. Submitting an entry to the competition grants to Wide Margin Books an implied permission to edit and publish the essay.
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