Joanne Prenzler Smith’s story, In a Manger, won first prize in the 2019 Eternity Matters Short Stories of Life category.
It’s a story from some years ago, when Joanne’s son was a baby – the perfect prop for a Christmas Eve production perhaps? Have a listen to Joanne read her story:
‘In a manger‘ will be broadcast over 1079 LifeFM in Adelaide over summer. It has also been published in the 2019 Stories of Life anthology, Papa’s Shoes. If you enjoyed this story, why not get a copy of the book from Koorong or online.
In the lead-up to our 2019 book launch and prize winner announcement tomorrow, here is a summary of the different aspects of Stories of Life: writing competition, book publication, radio broadcast and an online community that celebrates life and faith.
From 1 April to 31 July each year, we accept submissions of stories of faith and testimony from around the world. Entries are submitted online in one of three categories: Open, Short, Youth.
We are indebted to our sponsors Tabor College, Eternity Matters and Lutheran Education for sponsoring the cash prizes in each category: first (AUD500), second (AUD300) and third (AUD200).
Unusual for a writing competition, each year we nominate different judges. The judges receive stories in their categories as anonymous entries. This year we’ve been privileged to have the following judges: screenwriter and YouTuber Simon Kennedy (Open); radio host Kit Densley (Short); author and music teacher Ruth Bonetti (Youth).
Tomorrow, apart from announcing the prize winners, we will be launching the fourth book in the series: Papa’s Shoes. Radio host and short story judge Kit Densley will be at the launch tomorrow and she has kindly agreed to read the title story, Papa’s Shoes. Books will be available for purchase at $20 per copy at the launch and thereafter in Koorong and online.
1079 Life has been a strong supporter of this competition since its inception. Every year selected stories from the anthology are read (by the story writers where possible), recorded, and broadcast over summer and throughout the year.
The audio clips from the radio broadcasts are archived on this website by year of publication: 2016, 2017, 2018. Throughout the year we also publish blog posts to share photos and backstories from contributors to the anthology. In addition, we like to promote and support any other publication by Stories of Life alumni.
In all this, our aim is to promote the telling of stories of life and faith around the world in print, online and on-air.
We look forward to welcoming many of you to our book launch and announcement of prize winners tomorrow at Tabor or online.