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About the Competition

Stories of Life is a writing competition that seeks out stories of life and faith. 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.

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. To this end, we will be hosting a free writing workshop on Thursday, 12 April, at Tabor Adelaide, from 7p.m. to 8:30p.m. If you would like to attend the workshop in person, register here:

Register for Writing Workshop

The event will also be live streamed on our Facebook page.

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.

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, healing from depression, living in the bush, salvation and a mountain rescue.

2017 Stories of Life anthology

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.

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