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, and they do not need to be overtly Christian in message. However, they must, at minimum, come from a Christian worldview/outlook. The entry may be directed to readers in general, the Christian reader, or may be evangelistic in nature. Entries can also be simply clean, fun and humorous from a Christian point of view, Christian Soup for the Soul style, provided they fit the topic. In the case of fiction, the Christian worldview/outlook may be subtle or allegorical, but it should still offer a fairly clear Christian viewpoint. While it is not required, adding a scripture verse is always encouraged to clarify a message. Entries that are clearly outside of a Christian worldview will remain on the list, but will be not eligible for judging. Entries with offensive language or content, that are overly violent or sensual, and/or are deemed inappropriate for the Challenge and Christian readers, will be removed, even if these elements are 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, 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

More information regarding the Challenge can be found in the Writing Challenge Forum

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

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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. reserves the right, at any time, to reject any entry into the Writing Challenge if deemed inappropriate. reserves the right, at any time, to modify these terms of service without notice.

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