2021 Scripture & Theology Essay Competition

Wycliffe College Essay Contest
Current undergraduate and graduate students from any academic institution are invited to apply to Wycliffe's Scripture and Theology essay competition. This competition reflects our commitment to excellence in the study of both the Bible and Theology and the leading role which Wycliffe plays in revitalizing the theological interpretation of Scripture. Wycliffe's 2021 Scripture & Theology Essay Competition is now closed.  Please use the form below to sign up for updates on future competitions. 
Congratulations to the winners of Wycliffe's 2021 Scripture & Theology Essay Competition!  

TOPIC: Blurring the Lines Between Biblical Studies and Theology: What are the advantages and disadvantages of approaching biblical interpretation through a theological framework?


1st place – “Theological Interpretation of Scripture: The Reformation of Modern Biblical Scholarship” by Ethan Skinner, Heritage College and Seminary

2nd place – “Love is Key” by Shawn Martens, Millar College of the Bible

3rd place – “Approaching Biblical Interpretation Through a Theological Framework” by Kseniya Parsons, Southeastern Theological Seminary


1st place – “Chalcedonian Hermeneutics of the Word: A Proposal to Use the Incarnational Analogy to Overcome the Division between Biblical and Theological Studies” by Eric Larson, Trinity School for Ministry

2nd place – “The Body's Availability: Ezekiel 37, Robert Jenson, and Disabled Flesh” by Luke Zerra, Princeton Theological Seminary

3rd place – “For the Sake of the Church: A Pentecostal Engagement with Theological Interpretation of Scripture” by Geoffrey Butler, Wycliffe College

Essay Topic: Blurring the Lines Between Biblical Studies and Theology: What are the advantages and disadvantages of approaching biblical interpretation through a theological framework?
Deadline: April 15, 2021 DEADLINE EXTENDED! Essays must be submitted by April 20, 2021 at or before 11:59pm in the author's timezone
Eligibility Current undergraduate or graduate students of any denomination, discipline, or background are welcome to apply. (see below for further eligibility and submission criteria)
Questions: Contact us at essay@wycliffe.utoronto.ca
Undergraduate Graduate
1st: $1000
2nd: $500
3rd: $250
1st: $1000
2nd: $500
3rd: $250

Winners will be recognized at Wycliffe’s semi-annual Scripture and Theology Colloquium.


Learn about our upcoming Scripture and Theology colloquium

Eligibility and Submission Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

  • Author must be a graduate or undergraduate student in an academic degree program at a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Only one essay may be submitted per competition cycle.  An author cannot have been previously awarded 1st prize in the same category (Undergraduate or Graduate) of the Wycliffe essay competition.
  • Submission must be an original, unpublished essay.

Submission guidelines

  • Essays must be no more than 3000 words, including notes but excluding bibliography.
  • The front page should include:
    • The essay title
    • The author’s name and current institution and program of study
    • The author’s contact information, including permanent postal address, email, and telephone number
  • Essays should be in Times New Roman font, 12pt, double-spaced. 
  • Submissions must be received by April 15, 2021.

Evaluation criteria

Essays will be graded on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of thought and articulation, including a clear thesis and argumentative structure, as well as proper grammar and syntax
  • Scholarly excellence, including engagement with properly referenced primary and secondary sources
  • Originality, including fresh approaches to the question posed
  • Theological commitment, including demonstrated engagement with Christian Scripture, history, faith, and/or tradition(s)

Essays will be read in light of Wycliffe College’s principles and commitments.