In 2016, Peter Evans thought that a writing competition around stories of faith would be a good idea. So he went to the 1079 Life FM office in Adelaide to pitch the idea, and four years down the track we’re still collecting stories, still awarding prizes, and still publishing books.
Last year, Peter submitted a story that he’d been working on, a story from his younger cab-driving days in Sydney – a story that includes the mention of bodies, a stick and eternity.
As a Stories of Life team member, Peter’s story was not eligible for a prize, but our editors chose it for publication in our 2019 anthology, Papa’s Shoes and other stories of life. Here is a reading of Peter’s story, as broadcasted on 1079 Life through the past South Australian summer:
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Might your story of faith be in our 2020 anthology? Think about the times you’ve experienced God’s grace and check back in next Monday for a short writing video on ‘Getting Started’ by Dr James Cooper, head of Creative Writing at Tabor College.
Writing and submitting entries could be a great project for families or faith communities to work together, even if you cannot meet together in person. To write about something is to relive it again, and writing a story of life could be a great reminder of God’s goodness at a difficult time.
Click 2020 Stories of Life writing competition for a PDF copy of the flyer above . Note that there is no entry fee for writers aged 17 and under, and Tabor has developed an English curriculum document for teachers who want to use Stories of Life in their classes.