SUBMISSION RULES AND GUIDELINES



The Writing Challenge is open to GOLD and PLATINUM members, with one entry allowed per member per topic. 

SILVER members are assigned four credits to allow entry to four Challenge topics during their SILVER membership. These credits can be used at any time--all in a row or spread out over time.

All entries MUST be conceived and written AFTER the topic is announced. No previously written material, published or otherwise, should be submitted.

Professional editing prior to submission of an entry is NOT PERMITTED. However, we encourage members to seek proofreading from writer friends before submission. This will help hone writing skills.

Entries must be between 150 and 750 words long. Entries that fall outside those word count limits will be disqualified and removed; however, every attempt will be made to contact the author in time for them to edit and re-submit their entry. (Please note: BRIEF author notes and footnotes are not included in the 750-word count limit, but please keep these to a minimum.)

Entries may be in any style or genre; however, they MUST communicate some form of Christian message or spiritual truth. This message may be directed to the Christian reader or may be evangelistic in nature. Either is acceptable. In the case of fiction, the message may be subtle or allegorical. In that case, a scripture should be included at the end of the entry in order to highlight the intended message for the reader. If an entry has no apparent Christian message or spiritual truth, it will remain in the list, but will be ineligible for judging.

Please note: Language deemed inappropriate for Christian readers will be removed, even if used in the portrayal of a non-Christian character.

Formatting, if any, should be kept to the most basic HTML. In other words, italics, bold, underlining and centering. Any other formatting (for example, different fonts, font sizes, colors, shaped text or images) used in Challenge entries may be removed. This is to ensure entries are being judged on the quality and creativity of the writing, not the quality and creativity of layout and design. For help on using basic HTML in Challenge entries, please read this FAQ.

Entries cannot be edited by the author once they are submitted, so it is very important that all editing be done BEFORE SUBMISSION. Entries cannot be removed from the Challenge once the relevant topic has closed. 

Individual authors carry all responsibility regarding the content of their work, so please do not submit anything that may be considered defamatory, libelous, or as having breached a person's privacy (living or dead).

With the obvious exception of lyrics and poetry written by the submitting author, Challenge entries MUST not include any song lyrics or poetry under copyright, in part or in full, unless the lyrics or poems fall within the Public Domain. The use of song and poem titles is acceptable. Please read this easy to understand article on potential copyright infringement. 

If you use any Scripture verse(s) in your entry, you MUST identify the source of the Scripture, i.e. NIV, NKJV, NLT, etc. by including a footnote with that information. The passage(s) of Scripture used MUST BE quoted ACCURATELY (unless using a personal paraphrase, in which case, no reference is required other than a note to indicate this was the author's paraphrase).

If a fictional entry is written in the first person and could be mistaken for a true story, please include a footnote to say that it is a work of fiction. The same should be done if a true story could be mistaken for fiction. This clarification will help the judges accurately determine the publishing potential of the entry.

Late entries cannot be included after the topic closes, regardless of the circumstances.

The judges' decision is final and absolutely no correspondence will be entered into.

Note: Every effort is made to contact an author in the case of a disqualified entry (although such disqualifications are quite rare). Even so, FaithWriters.com is under no obligation to notify the author in such circumstances.

Please read ALL instructions on the submission page to be sure your entry is submitted properly. 

After submission, please confirm your entry has been successfully received HERE https://www.faithwriters.com//myaccount/wc-entry-list.php

More information regarding the Challenge can be found in the Writing Challenge Forum http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=82

and in the FAQ's section on the FaithWriters' Message Boards

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AGREEMENT:

By entering the Writing Challenge, you acknowledge that you are the author of all material submitted and that your entry is not plagiarized in any way. 

By entering the Writing Challenge, you agree to allow FaithWriters.com to use your article in the relevant anthology (published by Breath of Fresh Air Press), if your entry is chosen as one of the top three Editor's Choice winners for any topic or one of the Publisher’s choice entries. You will receive no compensation from your entry being used in these books, and if you hold a copyright on your material, you agree to release to FaithWriters.com and Breath of Fresh Air Press the rights to use your entry in the relevant anthology.

FaithWriters.com reserves the right, at any time, to reject any entry into the Writing Challenge if deemed inappropriate. 

FaithWriters.com reserves the right, at any time, to modify these terms of service without notice.

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