In honor of our past director, Leona Hertel, we are sponsoring our 5th Annual Leona Hertel Awards Contests. Leona worked tirelessly on the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference, and we are still blessed today by the seeds she sowed in the lives of fledgling writers.
Your winning submission will earn you $50 in cash, a $50 in credit at our bookstore, and professional editing by our Somersault partners prior to publication on our website.
Follow guidelines carefully. You must be a full-time registrant, and you may submit to only one category. Please include the category, title, and your contact information ONLY on a cover page. Do not put personal information on the pages of the actual entry. Submissions will be forwarded to judges anonymously. All submissions are to be sent to Yvonne Albright, contest coordinator:
2045 Payton Lane N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
You must be registered before submitting. Deadline for article and devotional submissions is September 1. The short story deadline is August 1. Please follow guidelines carefully to avoid disqualification.
All winners will be announced at our awards banquet on Friday evening.
ARTICLE OR OP/ED CONTEST FOR MAGAZINE, NEWSPAPER OR
ONLINE SECULAR PUBLICATIONS
Judged by James Barrett
Jim Barrett is Executive Vice President of The Amy Foundation. The Amy Foundation sponsors the annual Amy Writing Awards, a program which encourages writers to promote biblical truth in the secular media, both online and in print. There are 15 annual prizes awarded totaling $34,000.
CONTENT for Maranatha Article or Op/Ed Contest – The article must contain at least one passage of scripture.
JUDGING GUIDELINES – In addition to content, articles will be judged on the following primary considerations:
For examples of past Amy Foundation prize-winning articles, visit www.amyfound.org.
Judged by Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones is a North Carolina-based writer and Acquisition Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. At the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference Eddie will be looking for niche devotional books, daily devotions for ChristianDevotions.us and fiction for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
Guidelines for Devotional Contest
Single space lines and double space between paragraphs
(in Word paragraph formatting is: Indention 0, 0, Spacing [Before, After] auto, auto – Single, Special indent first line.0 )
Block format – do not indent
1 scripture text reference
Header should read as follows:
devotional title word count
Devotional aspects: Each devotion should lead with a strong hook in the first line. Devotions will be judged according to how well the author:
1) Engages the reader’s imagination
2) Twangs an emotion
3) Accurately interprets the scripture verse
4) Provides a compelling and concise nugget of God’s truth (Who is your neighbor)
5) Shows a strong practical application
6) Presents a challenge to the reader – offers the opportunity to make a decision.
7) Delivers a strong take away
Devotions should avoid preaching, be clean and crisp grammatically.
Dialogue, when used, should move the devotion forward.
The key to a good devotion takes a scripture and teaches through stories and examples.
While there are hundreds of ways to present devotions, every devotion should contain these basics. Devotions entered that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified. Read the guidelines carefully.
SHORT STORY CONTEST
Judged by Linda Glaz
Linda Glaz is an agent for Hartline Literary Agency . She was also a judge for the Genesis contest for the American Christian Fiction Writers, a judge for the Emily Award for the West Houston Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, and on the faculty for Faithwriters.com annual conference in 2010 and 2011.
SHORT STORY CONTEST GUIDELINES
5000 word short story, any genre, with an inspirational starting point.
1″ margins, double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman Word Doc.
Deadline August 1, 20