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Stone-Campbell Journal Conference

Johnson University, Tennessee (Knoxville)
April 7-8, 2017

Student Paper Competition Rules

General Competition Rules

  • The SCJ Student Paper Contest will accept papers in three categories of competition: Undergraduate (Juniors/Seniors), Graduate (MA/MDiv), and Stone-Campbell History – See below for specific information about each category. 
  • Papers from any discipline associated with the Stone-Campbell Journal will be accepted in the competition.
  • Students must include the name and email address of a faculty member who has agreed to serve as a sponsor for the student’s submission. 
  • The top three students in each category of competition will be asked to present their papers in person before judges at the conference. Finalists will be notified by February 17, 2017.
  • Finalists must register for the SCJ Conference by March 1, 2017, and attend the conference at Johnson University Tennessee (Knoxville) on April 7-8, 2017. Note: Finalists will be invited to a pre-conference dinner on Thursday evening, April 6 to prepare for the final stage of the competition. Finalists should plan to attend this meeting. 
  • Several schools have pledged scholarships ($2,500) to the winners of the respective divisions of the SCJ Student Paper Competition. Participating schools include Abilene Christian University, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Brite Divinity School, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Harding School of Theology, Hope International University, Johnson University, Lexington Theological Seminary, Lincoln Christian University, and Phillips Theological Seminary. (Terms and conditions apply.)
  • Recognition and awards will be presented for the contest winners and the possibility of publication in the Stone-Campbell Journal may exist. 

Undergraduate Competition

  • Papers may be 8-12 pages in length and presentations must be no more than 20 minutes in duration.
  • All submitted papers will be reviewed by a panel of readers who will select three finalist papers for presentation at the conference.  A panel of judges will determine the winning paper from the three finalist papers presented at the conference.
  • Contestants must submit their papers electronically (in Microsoft Word format) to Les Hardin (LHardin@JohnsonU.edu) by December 15, 2016. Be sure to include your competition level and the name and e-mail address of your faculty sponsor.  Direct all questions to Dr. Hardin.

Graduate Competition

  • Papers may be 10-15 pages in length and presentations must be no more than 25 minutes in duration.
  • All submitted papers will be reviewed by a panel of readers who will select three finalist papers for presentation at the conference.  A panel of judges will determine the winning paper from the three finalist papers presented at the conference.
  • Contestants must submit their papers electronically (in Microsoft Word format) to Les Hardin (LHardin@JohnsonU.edu) by December 15, 2016. Be sure to include your competition level and the name and e-mail address of your faculty sponsor.  Direct all questions to Dr. Hardin.

Isaac Errett History Award

  • Papers may be 10-15 pages in length and presentations must be no more than 25 minutes in duration.
  • All submitted papers will be reviewed by a panel of readers who will select the winning paper for the Isaac Errett History Award.  The winning paper will be expected to present their paper at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference.
  • Douglas Foster (Graduate School of Theology, ACU) and Newell Williams (Brite Divinity School) serve as administrators of the Isaac Errett History Paper Award. Please submit all papers (in Microsoft Word format) for the 2017 competition to Newell Williams at n.williams@tcu.edu by December 15, 2016.  Be sure to include your competition level and the name and e-mail address of your faculty sponsor.  Direct all questions to Dr. Foster.

—All of the above dates are hard deadlines – No exceptions will be granted—

—Failure to Fulfill the Requirements of these Rules will Result in Contest Disqualification—

 
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