theology of prince Submissions

The University of Minnesota and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities invites the public to submit academic papers, personal essays, poetry, spoken word, or visual art on Theology of Prince.

What is Theology of Prince?

Prince was an intergenerational and international musical, fashion, and cinematic artist most known for his funky dance rhythms and explicit sexuality. Even though he sold more than 100 million records and won seven Grammy awards, little is known about the impact that religion and spirituality had on his music and artistic expression. Theology of Prince explores the influence of religion, theology, and/or spirituality within Prince's work.



Through Theology of Prince, the University of Minnesota and United will curate and publish submissions from a variety of religious, spiritual, and theological perspectives on The Canvas, United's digital publishing platform. A $500 prize will be awarded to one entry in each category. In addition, writers, scholars, and artists who submit excellent work may be invited to present at the University of Minnesota's Prince from MPLS ConferenceApril 16-18, 2018 and/or published in a journal or edited volume book.

Submission Guidelines

Please download and read the full Call for Submissions before submitting your work.

Academics including researchers, professors, independent scholars, and students: Academics are invited to submit one academic journal article up to 15 pages (including footnotes), double spaced, Chicago Style.  

Personal Essays: Essayists are invited to submit essays on the question, “How has Prince’s music impacted your spirituality?”  Please limit submissions to no more than 1,000 words, double spaced. 

Poems: Poets may submit one poem, maximum of 500 words, on Prince and spirituality.

Videos: Artists may submit videos up to three minutes in length and shorter. Videos can be music (e.g. covers or original songs), spoken word performances, animation, tributes, mash-ups, short films, or any combination.

Visual Art: Artists must submit visual art by uploading a digital file of their work (i.e. jpeg, png, pdf, tiff, etc).


Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on February 15, 2018 to be considered for the $500 prize.

How do I submit my entry?

Fill out the form to the right of this page with your contact information, abstract, and biography, and upload your work. For visual arts, please submit a file of no more than 3 MB in size.

*By submitting, you grant United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities permission to publish your work on The Canvas, United's digital publishing platform, and to use it in other media, including but not limited to, print, video, and social media.