2014 Short Story and Poetry Contest

Short Story/Poetry Rules

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In order to participate in either our short story or poetry contests, the entrant must join our writing community and must submit their short story or poem to the community for feedback. The community may or may not provide feedback, but if it does, the author then has the opportunity to revise their work before submitting it in the official contest. At that time, the community will cast their votes in the first round of the contest. Athanatos Ministries will take over judging in all the later rounds.


HOW DO I SUBMIT MY ENTRY?

Again, your entry must be made through our writing community!  The actual submission form will be made from within the community area of the writing community website, and will not be viewable until May 12th or 19th, at the earliest!  (The actual date depends on your particular contest).  In the meantime, join the community, submit your entry for community feedback, give others feedback, revise your story or poem as you see fit, and participate in the community until the contest officially begins.  You can also visit this page to see the “official” steps in the process of submitting your entry.

Criteria ACM judges will use for judging:

  • First and foremost, is it an interesting story that is well written with few grammatical and spelling errors?
  • Does it, implicitly or explicitly, reflect a Christian worldview or promote a Christian perspective?
  • Does it do something new and fresh, showing creativity?

SHORT STORY CATEGORY

Deadline: May 12th, 2014.

  • 1st Prize: $550 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
  • 2nd Prize: $300 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • Third Prize: $200 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • Fourth Prize: $125 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • Fifth Prize: $100 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • Sixth Prize: $7 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • Seventh Prize: $50 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • All winners, and winners only, published in Contest Anthology
  • Two Honorable Mentions

English as Second Language (International):

POETRY CATEGORY

Deadline: May 19th, 2014.

  • 1st Prize: $300 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • 2nd Prize: $200 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • 3rd Prize: $100 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • 4th Prize: $75 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • 5th Prize: $50 — sponsored by Athanatos Christian Ministries
    — Sponsorship available*
  • Publication in Contest Anthology
  • Two Honorable Mentions

EVERY entrant will receive a copy of the Contest Anthology at no additional cost- it is included in their entry fee! (hard copies available to domestic US locations only, shipping $3 extra. International entrants will receive their copy in digital form.)

We reserve the right to modify the award amounts depending on response.

Other Details:

Genre: Fiction- Short Story

  • Cost: $20 subscription to our writer’s community; unlimited entries at no additional cost (shipping of anthology extra)
  • Length: 1,500 to 7,500 words
  • Content: implicitly or explicitly reflecting the orthodox Christian world view.
  • Time: Accepting Now thru May 12th, 2014

Poetry

  • Cost: $20 subscription to our writer’s community; unlimited entries at no additional cost (shipping of anthology extra)
  • Length: Max 2,500 words
  • Content: implicitly or explicitly reflecting the orthodox Christian world view.
  • Time: Accepting Now thru May 19th, 2014

Group rates for multiple submissions, teachers, pastors, youth directors, etc, are available. For more information Email ACM’s executive assistant, Debbie Thompson, at debbie@athanatosministries.org or call ACM’s Executive Director Anthony Horvath at 202-697-4623, leaving a message if necessary.

Simultaneous submissions allowed

*Sponsorship available

Copyright info:

Authors retain copyright; submitting manuscript in contest indicates the author grants ACM certain rights to publish the story. See the Rules and Requirement page for more details.