Suggested Readings

Do you want an idea of the sort of stories that will do well in this contest? Would you like some ideas about what qualifies as a ‘Christian’ short story or novel? Below are four useful resources.

1. Story Craft is a book about writing as a Christian and comes highly recommended.

2. Richard Dawkins, Antony Flew, and Mother Teresa Go to Heaven is a collection of short stories written by Anthony Horvath, the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries- the host of this contest. Apart from reading past winners of the contest, there aren’t many better ways to get an edge on what this contest is looking for! (this is a Kindle / Nook title only. See also this collection, too.)

3. A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Conner. This classic collection of short stories pushes the envelop in Christian fiction. You may not like her style, but every Christian author should be familiar with her writing.

4. The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis. This novella is counted by many Lewis fans one of his best. It is an imaginative exploration of hell and a good example of using fiction to present and explain difficult concepts.

5. Reading Between the Lines by Dr. Gene Edward Veith. Another thorough look at the writing vocation through the perspective a Christian. Pretty meaty, but worth the time you put into it. [Kindle]


6.  The Art of Poetry by Christine Perrin.

7.  By Request Only


Download Contest Winners Catalog

2009 Writing Contest Award Winners

2009 Anthology: Those Chickens

2010 Writing Contest Award Winners

2010 Winner of ACM’s C.S. Lewis Award Graham Kell’s book Swimming Blind:

2010 Anthology: Swimming Blind

2011 Novel Contest Winner Shirley Tucker’s book: Diamonds in the Dust

2011 Writing Contest Award Winners

2011 Anthology: Reading Wine

2012 Short Story and Poetry Contest Winners

2012 Short Story Contest Winner David Sable’s short story:

2012 Novel Contest Winners

2012 Novel Contest Winner Derek Elkins’ book: Life Unworthy of Life

2012 Anthology: The God of Oscar’s Misunderstanding

2013 Children’s Book Contest Winners

2013 Novel Contest Winners

2013 Novel Contest Winner Robert Milton’s book: Seed of Doubt

2013 Short Story & Poetry Winners

2013 Anthology: Descant

2014 Novel Contest Winners

2014 Novel Contest Winner Paul Bennett’s book: A Fall of Sparrows

2015 Novel Contest Winners

2015 Novel Contest Winner Sam Pakan’s book: Jesse’s Seed