It's contest time!On Monday, Katy introduced the 2020 Australian Christian Teen Writer Award and Young Australian Christian Writer Award. Click here to find out more.
Entries to the 2020 CALEB Award close this week. Click here to enter (you'll have to click the yellow Book Now button).
We're also looking for more judges for the CALEB. Click here to volunteer.
And today I'm delighted to welcome May-Kuan Lim to the blog, to introduce the 2020 Stories of Life contest.
|Baxter with his family at the 2019 book launch. Baxter won second prize in the Youth category.|
Stories of Life is a short story writing competition that seeks out true stories of faith and testimony.Stories of faith are primarily stories: something happens to someone. In our 2019 anthology, Papa’s Shoes and other stories of life, we read various short stories: a child losing his mother, a woman pushing away food, a man forced to use the women’s toilet because a church hadn’t made provisions for his disability.
What makes it a story of faith is that God shows up, working sometimes in small and quiet ways, at other times through dramatic intervention. But these stories go beyond the testimonies I used to tell – those factual straightforward stories where I had a problem and Jesus solved it. Instead, these stories draw readers into the heart of the writers to experience terror, relief, grieve, joy, or any of the complex feelings that make us human.
And somewhere in the 500 to 1500 words, God shows up. It is through his response that we understand something of his heart – a faithful grandmother crying with the child, an assurance to the young woman that her body is a vessel designed by God, a man who reads of Jesus intentionally engaging with people with disabilities; this is what divine love and faithfulness look like.
There may be many writers here who do not consider non-fiction their primary genre.Nonetheless, if God has done something in your life, would you consider writing up and submitting it, so that your story might be published in our annual anthology? While we encourage all people of faith to write in, there is no doubt that the contribution of serious writers, who are followers of Jesus, lifts the overall quality of writing and it’s always good to see Christian Writers Downunder and Australasian Christian Writers have their stories published in our anthology.
We are starting a new initiative this year: Feedback Month in June.Throughout the month of June, you will be able to submit your draft online via our website storiesoflife.net, and one of our editors will give you personalised feedback. What you do with that feedback is entirely up to you. Adherence to the feedback does not guarantee publication, but we hope that it will be helpful to some. But if you’ve written your story and you’re happy with it, you can submit it straightaway, and we are accepting submissions from now until 31 July 2020.
We have three categories and a different judge for each category. In each category, there will be a first prize (AUD500), a second prize (AUD300), and a third prize (AUD 200). The categories are:
Eternity Matters Short Stories of Life (500 words and under)AUD 10 entry fee
2020 judge David Rawlings
Immortalise Young Stories of Life (500 – 1000 words)For writers aged 17 and under, no entry fee
2020 judge Corrine Townsend
Tabor Open Stories of Life (1000 – 1500 words)AUD 10 entry fee
2020 judge Nola Passmore
All submissions will be appraised as anonymous entries, and prize winners will be announced at the launch of the anthology in November. Some stories will also recorded and broadcast on 1079 Life. Stories of Life has been running since 2016, and we have published four books to date. These have been very well received, and we have become a family of sorts, whereby we try to help with the promotion of books of any of our past contributors through social media.