Do you have a story burning inside you? Are you up for a challenge? Do you like prizes? If so, you’re in for a thrill, because our yearly story competition has rolled around again, and we hope you’ll grab your pen (or laptop) to compete!
Thanks to everyone who courageously shared their work with us! We received entries that were whimsical as well as touching, in a wide range of styles and lengths. After many hours of reading and rating each poem, Daeus and Cindy made their decisions. The results were close, because they saw potential in several of the pieces, and we hope that will encourage you to compete in future contests.
Thanks to everyone who bravely embraced the challenge of this competition! We received entries spanning a multitude of genres—from historical fiction to romance to suspense—but fantasy was by far the most popular. After many hours of reading, sorting, and discussing, Josiah and I chose our finalists. The results were close, because we saw promise in several of the stories, and we hope that will encourage you to participate in future contests.
Do joy and sorrow stir your heart into creative flame, and then an empty page calls your name? Are you courageous and clever, willing to try writing the best poem ever? If so, you’re in for a treat, because you now have a chance to compete.
How would you like to join the Story Embers team and help us in our mission to guide and inspire Christian storytellers? Opportunities await, because we’re looking for more writers to produce quality content for our website.
Last summer at our annual staff retreat, we ran into a dilemma. Many people want to become published authors. But that dream gets buried under rejections, discouragement, and life’s responsibilities. So they give up. Since we desire to help Christian storytellers excel, this presented a challenge: Why do writers quit? And how can we empower them to continue pursuing their goals?
Do you have a story burning inside you? Are you up for a challenge? Do you like prizes? If so, you’re in for a thrill, because we’ve decided to make our short story contest an annual event, and we hope you’ll grab your pen (or laptop) to compete!
One year ago, we founded Story Embers. Over the past year, we’ve reached 20,000+ visitors, got a listing in the Christian Writers Market Guide, crafted our manifesto of excellent Christian storytelling, and published 70+ articles on the writing craft. Now it’s time for us to take our next steps. And we want you to be a part of it.
How would you like to join the Story Embers staff and aid us in our mission to guide and inspire Christian storytellers?
Christian storytelling is facing a crisis. Though good intentions abound, many Christian stories in the 21st century are cheesy, unrealistic, and artistically bland. Publishers struggle to find a market for Christian stories. And readers are leaving the genre. That’s why we wrote a Manifesto to explain what Christian storytelling needs to look like.