With less than two weeks to go, we’re reposting last year’s winning stories to inspire you to get your stories in.
In saying this, don’t feel that you have to write like Hannah or Ester or Yvonne to make your story stand out. The important thing is to tell your story in your voice.
As Pete Court reminded us, your voice as a writer is:
- what details you notice and include in the story
- what it felt like to be you (or the person you are writing about) in the story
- your way of thinking, your way of seeing the world
Watch his full presentation here.
Some of the stories in the anthology are also broadcasted on Life FM the following January and reach a wide audience. ‘The impact of the stories has been enormous,’ said Pete. ‘People have been enjoying the stories and ended up getting copies of the book and basically hearing about faith – for the first time, a lot of them, which is wonderful.’
Pete acknowledged that one of the hardest things to do is to find the confidence to tell your story. We hope that you will find the confidence to write and submit your story because your story in your voice is unique, no one else can tell it your way.
Here are last year’s first prize winners in each category, each voice unique, each story uplifting in its own way.
Lutheran Education Young Stories of Life (500 – 1000 words, for writers aged 17 and under)
Never too late by Hannah Elliot
Eternity Matters Short Stories of Life (up to 500 words)
When Andy met God by Ester De Boer
Tabor Stories of Life (1000 to 1500 words)
Encountered by Yvonne Smuts