Stories of Life is a short story writing competition that seeks out true stories of faith and testimony. Every year we publish an anthology of the best entries and award cash prizes in three categories. We have just launched our sixth anthology, The Labyrinth and other stories of life.

2021 SOL anthology

Our aim

To help people of faith tell their stories well and to provide a platform for the best of those stories by publishing an anthology every year. We have published around 300 stories since we began in 2016.

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We accept submissions from 1 April to 31 July. Contributors are strongly encouraged to take full advantage of Feedback Month in June when our editors give feedback on story drafts at no cost to contributors. Reading past anthologies or listening to stories in our archives will also give you an idea of the breath of stories we publish and  the many ways stories can be told.

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. 

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. Instead, 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.

The Judging and Publishing Process

All submissions are appraised as anonymous entries. A preliminary reading panel selects the best stories for publication in our annual anthology. These stories are also passed on to the judges. There is one judge per category, and we have different judges every year. The judges select the top three stories in their categories.

In October, we will announce the list of stories that we will be publishing. Prize winners are announced at the launch of the anthology in November. 

The 2021 anthology, The labyrinth and other stories of life, out now.