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.
Your winning submission will earn you $50 cash, $50 in our bookstore credit, and professional editing by our Somersault partners prior to publication on our website: www.WriteWithPurpose.org
All winners will be announced at our awards banquet on Friday evening.
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Friday night, conference staff and writers from around the world gathered on Lake Michigan’s shore for s’mores, roasted marshmallows and an evening of story telling. Few things are “more Michigan” than sitting around a fire under a starry sky listening to waves break on the lake shore. Well, we couldn’t see the stars. But as the moon pushed back the clouds, we spun a heroic epic, one sentence at a time. Here are a few pictures from this years memorable evening. Make sure you join us next year.read more
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