First, congratulations to two Christian speculative writers for winning their division of the 2015 ACFW Carol Awards: Nadine Brandes in the Speculative division for Time to Die (Enclave Publishing) and Mary Weber in the Young Adult division for Storm Siren (HarperCollins Christian Publishing). I’ve read both books, and the awards are well deserved, in my opinion.
The awards reminded me of our Speculative Faith Writing Challenge, which we’ve held twice a year—winter and summer—for the last three years or so. But here it is, the end of September, with the autumn equinox bearing down upon us, and we haven’t had our second contest yet.
So it’s time!
Here’s the way this particular challenge works:
I’ll give a first line, and those who wish to accept the challenge will write what comes next (not necessarily the complete story, though it could be if you wish)—in 500 words or less, putting your entry into the comments section of this post.
In keeping with Spec Faith’s primary focus on the intersection of speculative fiction and the Christian faith, writers may wish to incorporate Christian elements or to write intentionally from a Christian worldview. Likewise, speculative elements of one kind or another should be incorporated.
Since our comment “thumbs” are not currently enabled (and we’ve had trouble with them in the past), readers should reply to the entries you like most (unlimited number of likes) with YES (it’s not a bad idea to name the person whose entry you’re giving the YES to, in case there’s an issue with the nested reply format). If you wish, you may also add why you liked the entry or what particularly grabbed your attention.
I encourage such comments—it’s always helpful for entrants to know what they did right and what they could have done to improve.
After the designated time, I’ll re-post the top three (based on the number of YES votes they receive) and visitors will have a chance to vote for the one which they believe is the best (one vote only).
We’ll again offer a prize to the winner—a $25 gift card (from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble). In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the finalists and/or winner.
And now, the first line:
Jennah knew how the government Supervisors worked since she’d been one last year, but that didn’t mean she had to comply.
Finally, those silly little details we all need to know:
- Your word count does not include this first line.
- You will have between now and midnight (Pacific time) this coming Sunday to post your challenge entries in the comments section.
- You may reply to entries, giving your YES vote, this week and next. To have your YES counted to determine the top three entries, it must be posted before Sunday, October 4.
- Finalists will be announced Monday, October 5, then voting for the winner will begin.
Feel free to share this so your friends can participate, either as writers or readers. The more entries and the more feedback, the better the challenge.
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