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After an international start, Krahn Contest now open for second year

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College and Mennonite Life announce the opening of the second annual Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multi-Media Contest for High Schoolers.

The contest is open to any secondary school student in the United States or Canada, with awards of $200, $150 and $100 for the first-, second- and third-place entries as decided by a panel of judges.

The three winners of the newly launched contest last year represented a variety of media and an international scope.

The first-place entry was a music video from Ontario; second place went to a short story from Kansas; and third place to a poem with artwork from Albania.

To see the three winners of the first-ever Krahn Multi-Media Contest, go to, the URL for the 2014 issue of Mennonite Life, and scroll down to the “Winners” section.

Contest entries may take the form of essay, creative writing, multi-media (e.g., film, web) or original pieces of art or music on topics related to Mennonite and Anabaptist history, identity or theology.

Historian Cornelius Krahn (1902-90) was of German heritage but born in Russia. After being educated in Europe, he spent a career teaching at Mennonite colleges in Kansas: five years at Tabor College, Hillsboro, and 30 years at Bethel College.

Krahn was the founding editor, in 1946, of Men­nonite Life. For years, he taught a Mennonite History, Life and Thought class at Bethel. Those categories – history, identity and theology – are the areas covered by the multi-media contest.

The children of Cornelius and Hilda Krahn established a Mennonite Life Endowment Fund in 2012 in honor of their parents. The fund provides the contest prize money.

All works must be created during the 2014-15 academic year. Award winners will be published in the 2015 edition of Mennonite Life.

Submission deadline is April 1, 2015. Submissions must be made electronically to

To see the full submission guidelines, go to and click the “Krahn Contest” link at the top, or to

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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