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National worship songwriting competition launches

The Crossing Songs competition, inspired by the Crossing London 2013 mission initiative, is looking for songs of worship to enrich local church services and resource evangelism and mission ...

A worship songwriting competition launching this month (February) aims to promote and encourage excellence and creativity in worship songwriting, particularly for mission and outreach.

The Crossing Songs competition, inspired by the Crossing London 2013 mission initiative, is encouraging songwriters to submit songs of worship which can enrich local church services and resource evangelism and mission.

The website offers blog posts from songwriters and wordsmiths, with tips on writing songs and using words. Songwriters can also share their work for the benefit of the wider church.  Visitors can ‘Like’ a song, comment on it, and share the song with others via social media.  ‘Liking’ a song will increase its prominence on the website, but will not decide the outcome of the competition.

Four of the songs will be chosen by the Crossing Songs panel to win awards in the following four categories:

1)  Best Contemporary Praise Song for a Mission Context – sing-able and understandable to someone coming into church or a Christian event for the first time.

2)  Best New Hymn Lyric to an Existing Hymn Tune – lyrics-only category for a new hymn on a theme relevant to the mission focus of this competition, which can be sung to a well known (out of copyright) tune.

3)  Best New Song/Hymn which covers a gap area in theme – many areas of the Christian faith have very few congregational songs written about them – what about doubt? The environment? A response to national tragedy?

4)  Under 18s category – Best Youth Worship Song – songs by younger writers, expressing themselves in their own words and musical styles/

The winner in each category will receive: a brand new Taylor guitar, a bundle of books reflecting the art of writing, a year’s free membership of the Association of Christian Writers, including their quarterly magazine, Christian Writer.

In addition, their songs will be professionally recorded, written up as sheet music, and shared on the song site. The winners will be announced at the London School of Theology 70th Anniversary Concert on 29 June 2013, and presented by Graham Kendrick and Steve Thompson. The winning songs will also be used in Crossing London 2013 events.

Each person will be able to upload a maximum of three songs to the website. The deadline for posting the songs is 3 May 2013 and entry is free.

Further details are available at


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