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Quarterly Challenge

Each level wins a $50 prize.

Level 1 Beginner
A Holiday that Matters by Elijah Bluhm (Family Vacation)
Level 2 Intermediate
Delphinidae by Bea Edwards (Overseas Vacation)
Level 3 Advanced
A Place in Mind by Amanda Septer (Overseas Vacation)
Level 4 Masters
The Passing of Sorrows by Zacharia Fox (Overseas Vacation)

The Official Writing Challenge
The FaithWriters Writing Challenge is a great way to dramatically improve your skill by writing to topic, word count, and deadline. You select and compete at your level of ability. We encourage you to think outside of the box, have fun and be creative with your entry. Once you learn the basic guidelines, it is very simple to enter. Your writing skills will definitely be sharpened and you may even become a Challenge winner.

This Week's Topic: STEW

Entries for this topic close at 10:59 AM Thursday, New York time as displayed on this clock.

Let us email you the weekly topic on Thursday morning --->

8 Entries This Week

The Writing Challenge is always open to GOLD and PLATINUM members, with one entry allowed per member per topic. SILVER members are assigned four credits to try four Challenges all in a row or spread out over time during their SILVER membership.

For ten weeks every quarter we announce a new topic for members to creatively write about.

1) Each topic runs for one week.
2) Each topic has a specific one week deadline unless stated differently.
3) Entries can be a minimum of 150 to a maximum of 750 words.

Entries must be within the word count range and submitted on time, or they will be disqualified.

Please read our Guidelines for Choosing a Level before submitting your entry.

Entries are judged by a team of editors using eight specific rating categories. Each entry is judged on its own merits, based on those categories.

For maximum growth, learn how you can receive direct feedback from the judges on your entry and the eight rating categories they utilize HERE.

The judges' five highest rated entries for each level of ability (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Masters) for each topic will receive a LEVEL CHAMPION AWARD on their entry.

Winners are announced HERE on the Thursday following a topic closing date and on the FaithWriters' Message Boards in the WRITING CHALLENGE RESULTS FORUM. Your entry will appear in your profile the day the winners are announced.

The ten highest rated entries each will receive:

* the EDITORS' CHOICE AWARD on their entry;
* potential for publication in an upcoming FaithWriters' book (publication is not guaranteed and subject to publisher approval).

At the end of each quarter, a cash prize of $50 will be awarded to the best entry from each of the four levels (Beginner/Level 1, Intermediate/Level 2, Advanced/Level 3, Masters/Level 4) during that quarter.

The top three entries submitted each year will receive a BEST OF THE BEST AWARD, with cash prizes on offer. First place will win $300.00, Second place will win $100.00, and Third place will win $75.00. The Best of the Best winners are announced on July 1 each year.

For more in-depth information about the Challenge, please review HOW IT WORKS, SUBMISSION RULES, and GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING A LEVEL which appear in popup windows. Also visit the WRITING CHALLENGE FORUM on the FaithWriters' Message Boards for up to the minute information regarding rules, judging and results, as well as all the latest Challenge chat and FAQs.

The Challenge is a lot of fun and very rewarding, as well as providing a way to connect with other writers and receive help and feedback. You can even join a Challenge Buddy/Critique group to help fine-tune your entry before submission. You can find out more about Challenge Buddy groups on the FaithWriters' Message Boards.

Submission Deadline:
Entries close on Thursday at 10:59 AM (New York time), one week after the topic is announced, or when 200 eligible entries have been received for that topic. To keep track of closing dates for each topic, please visit the WRITING CHALLENGE GENERAL SCHEDULE FORUM on the Message Boards.

New topics are announced immediately after the previous topic closes. Winners for the closing topic will be announced one week later.

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SILVER MEMBERS, once you have used your four credits, don't miss out on all the Challenge fun. You can join in simply by upgrading to either a GOLD or PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP from as little as $5.95 a month.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY to this week's challenge. Minimum 150 and maximum 750 words. The topic is: STEW.


Congratulations to our BEST OF THE BEST Writing Challenge winners! Out of over 2,000 entries over the past year, these three entries have been considered to be the very best!

1st Place ($300)
B'rikh hu by Ann Grover

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2nd Place ($100)
Assegais and Shields by Corinne Smelker

3rd Place ($75) In the Secret Place by Ann Grover
View Past Best of the Best Winners


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