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. Will 2021 be the year that YOUR story is published? We are accepting submissions now until 31 July 2021.

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Our aim

To help people of faith tell their stories well and to provide a platform for the best of those stories. In 2021, we will focus on one part of the storytelling process every month:

April – Reading Month. Reading past anthologies or listening to stories in our archives will give you an idea of the breath of stories we publish and  the many ways stories can be told. What is your story, and what is the best way for you to tell it? Keep a diary, jot down ideas.

May – Writing Month.  We have videos and writing exercises to help you get started, to turn that idea into a story. 

June – Feedback Month – Email us your story drafts and our editors will give you feedback in time for submission. There is no fee for this. 

July – Submission Month – Take onboard the feedback. Make your story the best it can be, and hit that SUBMIT button.

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. Some stories are also recorded, if possible by the writer, and broadcast on 1079 LifeFM. 

Accepting submissions now. Closing date: 31 July 2021.