Tennessee Christian Teen Convention

2019 Competition Information

The goal of our competitions is to encourage students to use their gifts to glorify God and to promote the theme of the Convention. Select Christian Colleges may offer scholarship prizes to winners in Public Speaking, Band, Vocal Music and Drama categories.

General Competition Information


  • All entrants must be middle or high school students registered for TCTC.
  • Entries should reflect the 2019 theme NOWHERE.
  • The 2019 theme is drawn from Mark 8:29. We recommend riewing the Welcome Letter for more details.
  • Students may only submit one entry per category.
  • Original works by entrants will be given greater consideration.
  • Winners in some categories may be eligible for scholarship through supporting Christian Colleges.
  • Watch our website and Facebook page for information.
  • All entries must be submitted via a video hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) by emailing a shareable link to: competitions@tctcinfo.com
  • Competition results will be posted by November 17, 2018 (watch Facebook page). Award presentation will take place at the convention. Select competitors may be given an opportunity to perform their entry live during the convention.
  • 2019 Categories: Vocal (solo/duet), Drama, Battle of the Bands, Public Speaking (High School, Men's & Women's), Devotional (Middle School), Creative Arts, and Video.
  • All entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2018. Please do not ask for extensions. Late entries will not be accepted; entry fees will be returned.
  • A printable form must be submitted for each entry submitted. Please include names & grade levels of all participants.
  • The entry fee is $5.00 for each submission. Checks payable to TCTC. You can also submit payment via Paypal to payments@tctcinfo.com. Be sure that each payment includes a notation stating that it is for Competitions, as well as which competitor and category.  

Competition Specifics



Vocal Competition (Solo/Duet)

Official Entry Information:

An official entry form, fee and recorded song (email a link to the posted video) must be submitted to be part of the competition. Entrants may enter a solo or duet, but not both.


Rules Specific to Category:

1. Vocalist may use live or recorded accompaniment.

2. Please include a copy of lyrics, including songwriter credits.

3. Mixing and technical enhancements are discouraged, and detract from judges' fair evaluation of vocalists.



Drama Competition (Individual or Group)

Official Entry Information:

An official entry form, fee and video of drama (email a link to the hosted video) must be submitted to be part of the competition. Both individual and group entries will be in the same category.


Rules Specific to Category:

1. A maximum of 7 minutes will be given for the drama presentation. Points deducted for each minute over time limit.

2. Entries should be recorded live. Edited entries will be disqualified.



Public Speaking (Men or Women)

Official Entry Information:

An official entry form, fee, manuscript or outline, and a video of speech (email a link to the hosted video) must be submitted to be part of the Public Speaking competition.


Rules Specific to Category:

1. Be creative but concise. Speeches are to be 8-10 minutes. failure to meet time limit will affect scoring.

2. Presentations must be taped before a live audience (we suggest your congregation or youth group).

3. Entries should be unedited videos of the presentation. Editing will result in disqualification.



Devotional (Middle School Only)

Official Entry Information:

An official entry form, fee, manuscript or outline, and video of devotional speech (email a link to the hosted video) must be submitted to be part of the Devotional competition.


Rules Specific to Category:

1. Be creative but concise. Speeches are to be 4-6 minutes. Failure to meet time limit will affect scoring.

2. Presentations must be taped before a live audience (we suggest your congregation or youth group).

3. Entries should be unedited videos of the presentation. Editing will result in disqualification.


*Winners in this category will receive a full TCTC registration scholarship for use at next year's convention.



Battle of the Bands

Official Entry Information:

An official entry form, entry fee and video of band's recorded song (email a link to the hosted video) must be submitted to be part of the Band competition.


Rules Specific to Category:

1. Music must be performed and recorded live for the competition.

2. Mixing and technical enhancements (beyond normal FX/pedals) are discouraged, and detract from judges' fair evaluation of bands.

3. Please include lyrics and songwriter credits.



Creative Arts

Official Entry Information:

An official entry form, entry fee and video of entry (email a link to the hosted video) must be submitted to be part of the Other competition. Our purpose in this category is to provide a forum for teens with talents not addressed by the other categories. Possible entries may include writings, artwork, dance teams, instrumental soloists, vocal groups, and a host of other possibilities. While it will sometimes be difficult to compare entries in this category, be assured that the judges will do their best to examine each entry fairly and without bias.


Rules Specific to Category:

1. Entries should not exceed 7 minutes in length.

2. Where applicable, please include in your email any lyrics, text, or other information pertinent to the performances.

3. If the entry is a physical product (painting, sculpture...), ship to the address below, postmarked no later than 11/02/2018. Objects may, upon request, be returned via the convention information booth.



Video

Official Entry Information:

An official entry form, entry fee and a link to the hosted video must be submitted to be part of the competition.


Rules Specific to Category:

1. 5 minute limit, not counting credits.

2. Keep it PG or cleaner (allowing for serious subject manner but keeping language and action "clean").

3. Avoid use of any copyrighted or trademarked material, including music.

We look forward to seeing your talents at work for God's glory this year with our theme NOWHERE!


Questions concerning competitions?

Ready to email your Video Link?

Send to competitions@tctcinfo.com


Each entrant must mail an official entry from and fee postmarked by October 31, 2018 to :

Keith Buddemeyer

1001 Chapman's Crossing

Spring Hill, TN 37174


Download official entry form here!


The entry fee is $5.00 for each entry/category.

Checks should be made parable to TCTC.

You can also submit payment via Paypal to payments@tctcinfo.com. Be sure that each payment includes a notation stating that it is for Competitions, as well as which competitor and category.  

All entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2018.

Please do not ask for an extension.

NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.