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The Stories of Life 2017 anthology will be called The Gecko Renewal and will be released on Thursday,16th November at Tabor College, Millswood. More information to follow!

Now listen to more stories …

To celebrate the anthology, we are releasing more audio-stories from the 2016 anthology. Listen. Be inspired. And get ready for the LAUNCH!


Meredith Resce

Meredith Resce, our wonderful judge of the Open (1500 word) section, was interviewed on the 1079Life, Kit and Pete show, during the week.  Meredith has written 18 books and talks with Pete about her writing, the Stories of Life judging, and the Omega Writiers conference (to be held in Sydney from the 27-29 of October). Follow this link for more details on the conference and check out the recording of Meredith’s interview below.


Stories of Life 2017 entries are judged in two stages. Stage one, where the stories are sorted and the top twenty are chosen in each category, has been COMPLETED. Now the judges are at work choosing the WINNERS IN EACH CATEGORY from the many quality entries we received. They have a difficult but exciting job!

The anthology editors are also working through the stories to choose the best ones for the anthology. If you are shortlisted for a prize or chosen for the anthology you will be notified by email. Then all systems will be GO as the anthology entries are edited and a title is chosen for the book. The launch will take place mid November at a date to be advised so watch this space for more details.

It’s going to be awesome!

Stories of Life 2017 is now CLOSED. Well done to all who entered!


Congratulations to all who entered Stories of Life, 2017. Now the judges have the hard work of choosing the prize winners. But you know – if you entered you are already a winner . You’ve put YOUR story into words and given it the chance to touch lives. How awesome is that? We think God would be more than chuffed at your hard work in his name!

Coming soon …

Watch this space for more news about the judging and the 2017 anthology.



D.M. Cornish

Author DM Cornish of ‘Monster Blood Tattoo’ trilogy fame was recently interviewed  on the 1079Life Kit-and-Pete-Show. David talked about his writing and his work as an illustrator – and about his new job as a Stories of Life judge 😀😀😀.  If you missed the interview you can listen here:





The Tabor College Stories of Life Seminar  is NOW ON VIDEO!

Want some tips about how to write a life story? Are you wondering if the story you have written is what we’re looking for?

Then follow this link and check out this series of videos! 

Want more input on writing stories of faith and life? Checkout this page of writing helps on the Tabor College website.


A thought for the day…

Listen to Stories of Life!

During January, 2017, twenty stories from the anthology “A Chicken Can Make a Difference” were played on air on 107.9Life. You can still listen to these stories on 107.9 Life at 6.30pm every Sunday eveninglogo-1Each week we will be publishing the recording of one (or two)  of these stories here, on the Stories of Life website. This week we have TEN stories from the anthology available on audio. So have a listen and be inspired by what past authors have written.

Don’t forget to be thinking about your entries for Stories of Life 2017. The competition is open until midnight July 31!


Be inspired by the winning entries from Stories of Life 2016.

Want to enter Stories of Life 2017 but you’re not sure what what to write? Fear not! Help is at hand. Here are the winning entries from the 2016 Stories of Life Competition to inspire you.


Happy Easter from Stories of Life!

Do you have a resurrection story?

Entries for the 2017 Stories of Life competition are now open.

The purpose of the competition

How to Enter


Radio Launch


This morning Sue Jeffrey launched the competition on 107.9 Life on the Kit and Pete breakfast program. Kit was unwell so couldn’t be there (I’m sure she was present in spirit) but Sue and Pete had a blast talking about the competition which went live on April 1st.

Sue Jeffrey on the radio – talking about Stories of Life


Pete Court and Sue Jeffrey at 107.9Life radio station – telling Australia about Stories of Life.

Wherever our extraordinary God meets ordinary people there’s a story to tell – and so we’d love to read yours.

We’re looking for creative, engaging, ‘real’ stories that tell of how God touches lives. You can tell your story or the story of another person – the key is to write from your heart.

You could win a prize, have your story chosen for an anthology or even be broadcast on radio or appear in the newspaper.  Even if that doesn’t happen, the process of thinking through your story and finding words to tell it will help you share your story with your friends and family.

Story is powerful. Stories get under our skin and make us think. So don’t be shy – have a go.

It will be AWESOME!

Check out these key links:

Categories and Prizes

The Purpose of the Competition

Entry Conditions




The Stories of Life Anthology is here!


Looking for a great read?

Interested in a book where people share true and amazing stories about how God has touched their lives?

Do you want to know what ‘chickens’ and ‘underpants gnomes’ have to do with faith?


Then you are in luck as the Stories of Life anthology: A Chicken Can Make a Difference is now available to purchase online from Koorong books. 

This anthology is an excellent gift for – let’s face it – EVERYONE. It will encourage people who already hold to the Christian faith but it also can show people who haven’t made that step, the infinitely creative ways Jesus can impact the lives of ordinary people. 

Don’t forget to tune in to 1079 Life FM during January to hear many of these stories read on air.


Presenting! The names of our 9 prize-winning entries in  Stories of Life 2016   (top 3 in each category) are…

Our hearty congratulations goes out to the following writers, whose stories especially caught the judges’ attention this time around. The announcement of 1st 2nd and 3rd place etc will take place at the book launch in November, but for now here are the names of the winning authors (and their story titles) in alphabetical order:

  • Bethany Balacco (My God, My Father)
  • Marion Estelle (Hello Gorgeous)
  • Jessica Fazzari (The Story of My Life)
  • Jeanette Grant-Thomson (When I Think I’m Going Under)
  • Sue Jeffrey (Lucky Underwear)
  • Anna Kosmanavski (Waiting)
  • Levi Schubert (Reason to Fly)
  •  Catch Tilly (Lessons in Theology from the Underpants Gnome)
  • Jade Wyatt (Fighting for Peace)


We want you to tell us your stories of life and faith!