Friday, January 15, 2021

Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA), a program of Duke Divinity School, has announced the 2020 Yage Prize for Christian Literature & Arts.

The award was organized by DITA to promote the production of Chinese Christian literature, music, and visual art; encourage faith through artistic expression; and elevate the international conversation of theology and the arts.

The theme for 2020 was based on Luke 6:20: “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God!” Writers, musicians and artists were invited to create literary works based on this theme. 

Over a nine-month period, DITA received more than 900 submissions of literature, music and visual art. After a three-round selection process by a panel of experts from North America, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the program held an online award ceremony on Dec. 17, 2020, honoring more than 40 prize and merit winners.