Tell Us Your Love Stories, in Under 1500 Words!

Submission Opportunity for Inspire Members (Deadline: May 31, 2017)

Inspire Members, do you have a love story to tell, but aren’t sure where you should share it?

Do you need to add a publishing credit to your writing resume?

Have you wanted to submit for publication, but hesitated because you weren’t sure if you were ready?

Have you feared rejection or even success? Or maybe you just don’t think you have the time to write and edit a project, much less the courage to allow others the privilege of reading the words God gives you?

Now I Sit Me Down to Write

Now I sit me down to write

I ask God for words not trite

I wish I can, I wish I might

Pen a masterpiece tonight.

Many times as we sit down to write, visions of grandeur fill our minds. After all, how hard can it be? I am sure Charles Dickens or Samuel Clemens simply put on paper whatever came to mind didn’t they? It is simply a matter of letting the words flow from our exceptionally creative minds through our fingers to the page. Right?

The Perfect Conference for Christian Speculative Fiction Writers

An Author Interview with Ben Wolf

Fiction writers understand the challenges of creating a well-developed setting for novels. Carefully crafted details can draw readers into a familiar world in which relatable characters could feel like real neighbors and even friends.

Whether writing contemporary or historical fiction, novelists strive to entice readers to escape into their characters’ lives while remaining anchored to the familiarity of a realistic setting.

But what if their characters live in an entirely different realm?

Ben Wolf understands the need to connect special world-builders and will be serving as the emcee of 2017 Realm Makers conference.

Submissions Welcome for the 2017 Inspire Love anthology

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Romantic love, filial love, divine love, love of the afflicted and downcast—we’ve all had memorable experiences of this year’s anthology topic: love.

So, take up pen or pencil, marker or mouse, and write about it. In 1,500 words or less, tell us how love impacted your life, transformed the life of another, or threatened to undo you. Write a song or a sonnet, a devotional or definition, a whimsy or weltanschauung of love. Whatever!

Then, submit it on the online form:

Submission Form

Yes, as with all publishers, Inspire Press has editorial guidelines: Submission Guidelines

We look forward to hearing from your heart.

The Four-Letter-Word Christian Writers Need to Master

Discovering the Secret to Great Conference Experiences

As I prepare for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference this year, I’m battling chronic pain.

I’m praising God for helping me maintain a productive writing schedule while meeting deadlines.

But most importantly, I’m practicing a four-letter-word that’s become part of my process of preparing to congregate with other Christian writers.

Over the years, I’ve discovered mastering that four-letter-word is the secret to having a great conference experience every single time.

What’s the secret?

Guard Our Hearts with Truth, Lord!

Mighty, sovereign, and loving Father, thanks for the privilege of using writing as a tool to share You through the various genres You’ve chosen for us.

We hear Your gentle whispers revealing the key to pleasing You as we serve the readers You’ve entrusted to us:

“. . . pay attention to what I say; turn your ears to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” (Proverbs 4:20-21)

Thanks for the gift of Your Holy Spirit who helps us understand Your Holy Word and equips us to use the unique voices You’ve given us.

Please help us diligently plan and protect our time to commune with You daily through the prayerful study and application of Your Word, even and especially as we encourage one another to plan and protect our writing time.

Help us crave closeness with You above all, Jesus.

As we get comfortable abiding in Your constant and powerful presence, please give us an abundance of creativity, confidence in You, and contentment with the path You’ve set before us.

We hear You beckoning us to walk in wisdom:

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” (Proverbs 4:26)

Your truth guards and transforms our hearts as You empower us to write from a place of loving obedience, persevering peace, infectious joy, and unwavering faith.

May readers see You−Your truth, Your love, Your grace−flowing through the words You give us to share.

In Jesus’s name, Amen

Xochitl (soh-cheel) E. Dixon encourages women and teens to embrace God’s grace and grow deeper in their personal relationships with Christ and others. Her devotions will be featured in Our Daily Bread, starting in 2017. Married to her best friend since 1994, she enjoys being a wife and mom, traveling, photography, and sharing God’s Word through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and her blog.

Photo taken by and meme created by Xochitl E. Dixon.