2015 STORMING THE SHORT STORY CONTEST
Writers on the Storm (ACFW – The Woodlands)
& Houston Christian Authors (ACFW – Houston)
The Short Story contest is open to all authors, published or unpublished, 18 years of age or older.
Entries & Fee:
An original 4,000-6,000 word short story. Entries must not have been previously published in any form.
Entry fee $25.00 via PayPal.
Entry fees are non-refundable. Entry fees are used by the local ACFW Chapters to finance the contest, as well as fundraising for local chapter events.
Your short story can be about anything as long as it fits into the one of the genres listed below, contains the theme mentioned above, and has a clear faith element (Christian). The theme should be obvious to the reader. For instance, if the theme was “Storms” there would need to be a storm in your story somewhere. Metaphorical storms would not count.
Categories and definitions:
The Contest Committee reserves the right to combine categories if a minimum of 5 entries are not received.
This is a Christian fiction contest. No objectionable content allowed.
Category Coordinators will determine whether the entries meet the required theme, content, and formatting requirements. Entries that do not meet the requirements will not pass to judging.
First Round judging: Panelists will score entries based on 5 categories. Scoring results will be returned to the contestant as feedback. Panelists can only vote in categories they have not entered as a contestant.
Final Round judging: HopeSprings Books will select stories for publication from the highest rated entries and will award at least a first prize in categories with 5 or more entries.
Winning entries will be edited with the cooperation of the author prior to publication. Winners retain copyright to their work, but the publication contract will be a 7-year license of the paperback, ebook, and audiobook rights.
Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be donated directly to the ACFW Scholarship Fund, but authors can receive a report each quarter upon request.
June 1st - Contest is open for entries.
June 30th - Submissions closed (Midnight Central Time).
August 1st - Scoring begins.
August 15th - Scoring ends.
August 31st - Winners announced.
- Name should not appear anywhere on the entry
- Bible verses must be referenced in a footnote or endnote
- Manuscript pages must be in standard format: