How Is God Using the Inspire Anthologies?

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

As the Inspire Love anthology May 31, 2017 deadline approaches, some Inspire writers are sighing with relief because they submitted early.

Some are editing, editing, and editing to polish their project to perfection. We encourage those dedicated craft-masters to ask a friend for a final-read and submit today. We look forward to reading your work.

Others are still teetering on the fence of indecision, struggling to squeeze the task into their busy schedules, juggling other deadlines and family responsibilities, recovering from unexpected circumstances, battling fears and insecurities, or sparring procrastination.

Because most of us have been there, we empathize.

So, why bother contributing to the Inspire Christian Writers yearly anthologies?

Why invest the time and energy?

Why risk rejection?

Why share God’s love through the various genres of fiction and nonfiction?

Submission Opportunity for Inspire Christian Writers!

Inspire Love Anthology – Deadline May 31, 2017

Membership in Inspire Christian Writers has many benefits, including the invitation to submit to our yearly anthology.

Our editors are currently inviting Inspire members to submit fiction or nonfiction love-themed stories, poems, devotions, or articles.

Through the submission process, we can practice following professional guidelines and waiting for editors to consider our work.

Why would anyone want to subject themselves to the waiting game or the possibility of rejection?

Joy Comes in the Morning

Inspire’s Joy anthology will be available next month at our workshop and book release party. This is a taste of what you’ll see:

How can God bring joy from a parent’s worst nightmare, the death of a child? It seems impossible, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought, until I found the truth and depth of God’s promises.

“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 NIV) As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, grief lasts longer than a single night. The truth in this verse is, even though we grieve, God will enable us to find joy.

I was riding in the car one day and heard a strange sound. It was my own voice, singing along with the radio for the first me since my son died, a year prior. I was shocked into silence. How could I make a joyful noise when my son was no longer in this world? What kind of a mother was I?

In Abide in Christ, author Andrew Murray discusses how to stay in Christ during seasons of suffering. His admonition is to “spend much time alone with God.” During that first year after Bobby’s death, I spent “much time” crying to God, pouring out my heartache. I asked the usual questions:

Why did he have to die at such a young age?

Why do bad people live, and good people die?

Why did Bobby have to get cancer two times in his young life?

Could I have done something to prevent the recurrence of this life-stealing disease?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could find answers to those questions to make sense of our loss? The answers are found in Scripture, but they may not be the answers we want to hear. Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation (and trials and distress and frustration). But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world. (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.)” (John 16:33 Amplified Bible)

This is the true message of the resurrection. Jesus can bring joy through even the greatest loss, the loss of a child. God himself experienced the loss of His own child.  The cross, for a time, separated Father and Son.

Though I still live with grief, I can now sing. He gives me joy in the midst of pain. “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches over me” (“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Civilia D. Martin).

Jane Daly is the author of two books, Because of Grace and The Caregiving Season. She speaks to groups on the topics of grief, caregiving, and writing.


Help Make Our Joy Complete!

June 1 Is the Deadline for This Year's Anthology Submissions


These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. (1 John 1:4, NASB)

We know John wasn’t talking about this year’s Inspire anthology, but we do hope this scripture will serve as a reminder that we need your help to make Inspire Joy complete.

We are looking for stories of personal experience, fiction, poems, and devotionals on the topic of joy. There’s no limit to how many pieces you may submit, and Inspire Press may publish up to three selections per author.

Submissions are due no later than June 1. That’s next Wednesday! Time to dust off your computer or notebook, get feedback from your critique group, and submit your joy story. Please refer to the style sheet before submitting.

Membership reminder and password resets (a joyful update)
Your membership must be current for you to submit a joy story and have it published in the anthology.

It fills us with joy to announce that we’ve fixed the bug that was making it impossible to reset your password. So if you’ve forgotten your login password or need to renew your membership, do those first, and then head over to submit your joy story.

Share Your Joy Story

8840137_sThe joy of the Lord is your strength. But what does that mean?
What does joy look like in your life?
How have you experienced, shared, or been strengthened by the Lord’s joy?
Inspire Christian Writers is now accepting submissions for the 2016 anthology, Inspire Joy. Submissions can be stories (fiction and non-fiction), poems, devotions, or teachings on the topic of joy. All Inspire members are welcome to submit one or more pieces for consideration. For more information check out the submission guidelines page.
There’s still plenty of time to write your stories and have them critiqued by your Inspire group.  Then submit your polished piece between March 1 and June 1, 2016 using our online submission form.
Submit your stories. Share the joy!