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Entry Guidelines

Entries should clearly yet creatively fulfil the purpose of the competition. We are looking for well-written stories of faith and testimony that point to evidence of God’s reality.

True stories only

Stories entered into this competition must be true. They may be your own story, or the story of someone else. If you are writing someone else’s story, you must gain permission from the person you are writing about. At this stage, you will not be asked to submit the biography permission form with the story. This may be required at a later stage if your story is selected for publication.

Original, unpublished work

All writing must be the original work of entrants, and must not have been published or have won a prize in any literary competition, prior to the closing date, Wednesday, 31st July 2019.

Word range in each category differs

The word range for each category must be strictly adhered to.

Limit of one entry per person in each category. People may enter a story into multiple categories, provided their entries meets the requirements of each category and do not violate any of the other Entry Guidelines.

Entry fees

For an entry to be counted as valid, all relevant entry fees must be  paid in full when completing the online submission form. (AUD10 per entry unless you’re under 17 years of age, in which case it will be free to enter.)

File types and formatting

All entries MUST be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) via the online submission form.

The text of your entry should be clearly legible and should not include illustrations. We suggest a plain, size 12 font (e.g. Times New Roman or Arial), 1.5 to double line spacing, and generous 3-4cm margins, left and right.

Please ensure each page is numbered and bears the TITLE ONLY of your story in the header or footer (DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME ANYWHERE ON YOUR STORY – YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS SHOULD ONLY BE SUPPLIED VIA THE ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM).


Complete the online submission form relevant to the selected category, ensuring you attach your entry as a Microsoft Word document. Entries must be submitted before midnight of the closing date of Wednesday, 31st July 2019.

Results and book launch

Shortlisted entries will be announced online (on the Competition website and via Facebook) prior to final judging. All winning and shortlisted entries will be included in a subsequent anthology (book) to be published by Morning Star Publishing, Australia.

Entry confers publication right to the stories of life publications and audio presentations. Copyright will remain with the individual author. However, Stories of Life reserves the right to reprint shortlisted and winning entries in future promotional publications with due acknowledgement of the original author.

Winners will be announced at the official launch of the Stories of Life book late October/early November (date to be announced). All prize money will be paid by personal cheque or electronic funds transfer to the recipient’s nominated bank account. Judges’ decisions are final and dispute thereof will not be entered into except in the case of a clear breach of the Entry Conditions.

Copies of the 2019 Stories of Life anthology, Papa's Shoes, now available in Koorong and online.