Basics

Entry Fee: FREE to Inspire Members, $15 for Non-Members.

Genres: Either Fiction or Nonfiction but no poetry or devotionals.

What:1500 word max, prose that is somehow related to summer.

Max Entries: We will accept a maximum of THREE submissions per person. If you submit more than three, we will only accept the first three submitted.

Criteria: 75% of the score will be based on how compelling and well-written your piece is. 25% of the score will be based on mechanics.

Note: All entries will be blind judged, and must be consistent with Inspire’s Statement of Faith.

Submissions: Word docs submitted through the official submission form on inspirewriters.com. Open for submissions from July 25 – August 25. Winners will be announced by September 15th.

Summary

The theme is “Summer” and we’re accepting both nonfiction and fiction prose for this contest. Material must be unpublished elsewhere and be your own original work. It could be a reminiscence about a particularly special summer, a short story set in summer (with summer being an important part of the story), an essay about the best things about summer … anything you want to write, as long as it’s prose and related to summer in some way.

Word count is 1500 MAX and you need to follow Inspire’s typical submission parameters (Microsoft Word document, double spaced, no extra spaces between paragraphs, .5 indent, 12 point font, either Arial or Times New Roman, no graphics, black ink, single space between paragraphs, do not justify the right margin).

Submit your entry (up to a maximum of three entries) via our online form ONLY.

Note: All submissions must be compatible with Inspire’s statement of faith. No nudity, foul language, sexual content, racism, graphic or unnecessary violence, etc.

Formatting

As with most magazines and publishing houses, there is always a standard set of submission guidelines you must adhere to. This contest is no exception. Your Word doc or PDF must be formatted with the following specifications:

    • Upload Word doc
    • Do not put the author name in either the document itself or the filename
    • Standard letter size pages
    • Filename should be your title, or the first several words
    • Times New Roman font
    • 12 point
    • One inch margins
    • Double-spaced
    • 0.5″ indentation for paragraphs
    • No extra space between paragraphs beyond double spacing

Scoring

Entries will be blind judge by three individuals whose scores will be averaged by the contest administrator. 75% of those scores will rate how compelling and well-written your piece is. 25% of the final score will be based on your adherence to the formatting guidelines, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and proper use of sentence structure and vocabulary. Tip: edit, edit, ask someone to edit, and then edit again. A GREAT piece content-wise will not win if it’s full of spelling errors, poor punctuation, and missing words.

Submission Window

We will accept submissions via our website from July 25, 2022-August 25, 2022.

Results

Winners will be announced by September 15th, 2022.

Prize

$50 Amazon Gift Card


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