VirgilY wrote:I thought writing to any genre, providing it did not conflict with a Christian viewpoint, had equal footing. It appears that writing with an overt Christian message is preferred over a piece without a distinct Christian message that may otherwise be "family friendly" and not offensive to Christian values.
Virgil, that's not necessarily correct, and not actually what I meant (sorry). I just meant the very few entries that have no Christian world view, and actually present almost the antithesis of a Christian view, aren't going to do well in the Challenge because they will fall outside the rule about writing from a Christian viewpoint.
We have had some entries in the past where a really dark story remained really dark. It may have been an abuser getting away with abuse, and absolutely nothing to show any consequence for the actions or hope for the victim. That's just an example.
So entries that are just fun or good family reading have as much chance as those with strong Christian messages. (Honest.) When it comes to really heavy handed, overt Christian messages, that can actually work against an entry by coming off as too preachy. Believe it or not, that will also impact the rating for publishability.
I just meant don't go so far out of the box that the Christian attitude is lost.
(Edited in: Just noticed Jan jumped in before me with exactly the same comment. Virgil, we're looking for material suitable for Christian publishers, in keeping with being FaithWriters. So if something is written for a secular market, that's okay, as long as it reflects a Christian view of life. It definitely doesn't have to be overtly Christian, as mentioned above. However, if someone is writing something better suited to a secular publisher looking for the next James Patterson, then it definitely wouldn't be in keeping with the rule of writing from a Christian viewpoint. Hope that helps.)