Thank you to all who have taken part in the 2018 Stories of Life competition by submitting stories of faith and testimony. Our reading panel and our judges have enjoyed reading your amazing stories.
All stories on the long list will be published in the 2018 Stories of Life anthology. All shortlisted stories will win either a first prize or runner up prize. The results will be announced at our 2018 book launch on 29 November 2018 at Tabor Adelaide. Everyone is invited to this free event that promises to be a great celebration of great stories that point to God’s goodness.
Stories of Life is a writing competition that seeks out stories of faith and testimony. We are looking for stories that are interesting, lively, perhaps even quirky. We love tales laced with warmth and humour that show evidence of God’s reality.
The stories can be about any aspect of faith, so lateral thinking is welcomed. We love reading about how our extraordinary God has touched ordinary lives. You can tell us about how you came to know Jesus, about how he healed you or miraculously provided for you, or you can relate how he gave you strength when things were tough. Past stories have included a prison riot, a gecko running around in church and a mountain rescue.
Whatever the topic, we encourage you to write your story in a way that speaks to ordinary people, who may never have been part of a faith community. Try to avoid Christian jargon, be real and be true and your story will have the power to transform.
We are not looking for devotionals or reflections on a bible passage. Rather, we want stories where something happens to someone. You can write a biographical story of another person (with their permission) in a journalistic style, but don’t just tell us the facts. The stories we love will not only be true, they will also touch our hearts.
Your stories matter and we want to hear from you. We know that there are established writers who feel confident in their writing, but perhaps also those who might appreciate some help. We have a library of resources here.
We want to encourage excellent writing because powerful stories are vital for sharing the gospel with a world hungry for truth. While the prizes on offer are a definite incentive, all shortlisted entries will be included in an anthology of stories to be published in Australia by Morning Star Publishing. Some entries (mostly ones from the ‘short’ category) will be chosen to be read on radio at 107.9 Life and others may be included in the Eternity Matters column of various newspapers.
All entries will be appraised by a preliminary reading panel. (The panel receives each story as an anonymous entry.) The panel will develop a long-list of entries in each category for final assessment by the competition judges. The judges will announce a shortlist of finalists in each category, prior to announcing the final prize winners.