The Presbyterian Association of Musicians invites composers to submit entries for its 2019 anthem competition.

PAM is proud to hold this competition in partnership with the PC (USA) Vision 2020 Team.

Eligibility: Any composer may submit an entry, with the following exceptions: PAM executive board members and their immediate families.


Entry Deadline: September 1, 2019

Award Notification: No later than November 15, 2019. PAM reserves the right to not make an award if

no entries are deemed acceptable.



a. The composer of the winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,000. Second and third prizes may also be awarded.


b. The composer of the winning entry will receive a free conference registration to the 2020 PAM

Worship & Music Conference at Montreat.


c. The winning composition will be considered for publication by MorningStar Music Publishers

in the PAM Anthem Series. The final decision on publication resides with MorningStar Music.


d. The winning composition will be introduced at the 2020 PAM Worship & Music

Conferences at Montreat. The winning composer will grant PAM permission to photocopy the work for its introductory performances. PAM will bear the cost of this process.


Jury: PAM’s ad hoc committee on anthem competitions, and selected faculty members of the 2020 Worship & Music Conferences at Montreat will comprise the jury.



a. The composition must be an original non-published sacred anthem.


b. The entries must support the Guiding Statement of the PC (USA) Vision 2020 Team.

     Click here to view the Guiding Statement.


c. The composition may not be concurrently submitted to a publisher for consideration.


d. The composition may not be concurrently submitted to another competition.


e. The composer may submit anthems with original tunes, original texts, or anthems arranged from

existing tunes and/or texts.


f. If the tune and/or text are not in the public domain for an anthem arrangement, the composer

must secure permission for their use and submit proof of permission along with the application.

Failure to submit such proof will disqualify the entry.


g. The composition must not exceed 8 minutes in length.


h. The composition must be for SATB choir up to 4 parts, may be a cappella, may include

organ or piano accompaniment and/or and may include instrumental or handbell parts.


i. The composer will retain copyright of each entry.


j. If the winning entry is subsequently published by any publisher, it must include the following under or above the title: “Winner of the 2019 Presbyterian Association of Musicians Anthem Competition, in partnership with the PC (USA) Vision 2020 Team.”


k. Scores must not include the composer’s name. Scores that include the composer’s name will be disqualified.


l. Non-winning scores will be deleted at the end of the competition.


m. The signed application form must be included in the email with the scores.


n. Entries must be emailed no later than 11:59 PM (PDT) September 1, 2019.


o. A composer may submit up to 3 entries.

  • A fee of $25 is required for each composition entered by PAM members ($50 for non-PAM members).


Please send any questions regarding the competition to PAManthemcompetition@gmail.com    



Application Form

To complete the attached PDF form, download the PDF and fill out the fields.


For the signature field, do one of the following:

  • On a Mac, you may add a signature with the "Tools > Annotate > Signature" feature. 

  • On Windows, view the PDF in Acrobat Reader and choose the "Fill & Sign" dropdown on the right side of the window, then click the "Place Signature" option. Then select the "Draw my signature" option to draw and place the signature on the document.


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