A Couple Contests & a Call for Ministry Pieces

Contest #1:

DEADLINE: August 31, 2009
OPEN TO: US residents aged 21+
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS: Maximum two stories per person, 2,500 words per story
PRIZE: $750, publication in Family Circle, Gift Certificate to a Mediabistro.com course, and one year Mediabistro.com AvantGuild membership. Two runners up receive $250, 1 year Mediabistro.com AvantGuild membership and possible online publication.

Click FCFictionContest for details.

Contest #2:

DEADLINE: August 31, 2009
GENRE: Short Stories, Novels, Scripts and Screenplays
DETAILS: Free contest offers large prizes for mystery writing in several genres for both adult and youth audiences. All entries should be able to be performed (read) in under an hour.
PRIZES:  $ 10,000       for     “Best New Work” (one prize across all genres) 
              $   5,000       for     “Best New Writer”
              $    2,500      for     “Outstanding Screenplayor Teleplay”
              $    1,000      for     “Best Work for Young Adults (12-18)”
              $    1,000      for     “Best Short Mystery Play” (category includes one-act plays, short screenplays, and short stories)

See details at : http://www.newmysteries.org/submission_guidelines/

[Thanks to JoAnn Wray with The Christian PEN for the contest heads-up!]

Call for Ministry Pieces:

The Ultimate Pastor: Uplifting Stories and Profound Advice about Faith and Fellowship with Rev. Todd Outcalt will feature full color photos and true stories from those who devote their lives to spreading God’s word.

From pastors and members of the Christian writing community, we are seeking stories that can be inspiring, humorous, enlightening, or motivating, and can cover anything you’ve learned about yourself or the world around you because of your pastor, your faith, or by ministering to your congregation.

From our photographers we are looking for images that capture pastors as they work and minister in traditional and non-traditional settings, that feature ceremonies, special events, or services.

Please visit www.ultimatehcibooks.com and review the synopsis and chapter topics we’ve posted for The Ultimate Pastor.

Also online are format guidelines for stories and photos, submission information and FAQs that answer most questions you may have. Just use the links on the website’s menu tree on the left of each page to browse the comprehensive information we provide, but should you have questions that aren’t addressed, feel free to drop us an email.

Please remember, photos and stories are separate submissions and will be reviewed independently of one another for publication. Please do not embed photos in a story. Our publishing format does not place photos near or with specific stories, and it not necessary to submit both a story and photo to be part of the project.

If you have friends or colleagues you feel may be interested in participating in this project, please help us network and forward this information to them, or post it online on your blog, Facebook, MySpace or Twitter page.

I look forward to seeing your work for possible publication in The Ultimate Pastor and to the opportunity of sharing your experience about living your faith with our readers.


Candace Johnson
Editor, The Ultimate Pastor

[Thanks to Kathy Ide with The Christian PEN for the publisher’s call heads-up!]


Local Christian Writers’ Conference



Christian  Writer’s Conference
Saturday, July 25th, 2009

           9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Advanced and Beginner Tracks                     

 “What I learned on the Way to the Publisher” – Dr. Gene Getz
 ” Fleshing Out Fabulous Fiction” – Mary deMuth
 ” Organizing and Developing Your Non-Fiction Book” – 
                                       Jody Capehart and Karol Ladd
 ” The Secret to Great Writing” – Helen Hosier
 ” Expand Your Message” – Kerby Anderson
 ” Brand Power” – Allison Bottke
 ” Speaking of Books-10 Speaking Tips that Boost Book Sales” –                                                                 Kali  Schnieders
 ”  Writing Skills –
    Panel Discussion – Answers from the Experts
                                and much more… 

Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House
                           5330 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX 75093
                             Between Preston Rd and the Tollway 

Including Fabulous Luncheon and Materials
Early Bird Special  $50. 
by July 19th,  $60. after July 19 

Hosted by:  Karol Ladd, Donna Skell, and Jeff Dixon
Register Online:  www.RoaringLambsMinistries.org  or

Mail Check to: Roaring Lambs
17110 Dallas Parkway, Suite 220  Dallas, Texas  75248972.380.0123   or  dskell@RoaringLambsMinistries.org

©2009 Roaring Lambs Ministries. All Rights Reserved.

Quick Reminder

Meeting tonight! Join us at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread (Eldorado & Hwy 75) in McKinney. Be sure to bring something you’ve written for peer critique.

See you there!

Go ahead, quit! By Jodi Whisenhunt


I subscribe to literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog.  This week, Daniel Case, “a broadcasting geek, blatant Christian, and victim of Novelism” (whose website is here),  guest blogged for Rachelle. He challenged writers to go ahead, quit!

If you’re a true writer, writing is in your soul, it’s part of you, and you cannot deny it if you try. So, if you’re feeling insecure in your calling, try Daniel’s advice: 
Published or unpublished, old pro or neophyte, here is a simple test you can take to determine if you’re a true writer: Try to stop. Go ahead and quit—I dare you. Take a month off. Try to live one full month of your life without seeing a situation and thinking, “Hey, I can use that in a story.” Try to live one full month without hearing a unique name and envisioning a character with that name, or waking up at night with a story or article idea in your head. See if you can go a whole month without writing one single word, whether in your head or on the page. If you can really quit, then by all means please quit. If, however, you can’t quit no matter how hard you try, then welcome to the family. You’re a Writer. There’s only one known course of treatment: Write, Rewrite, Repeat. 
It’s been suggested that perhaps some don’t feel like they are writers at heart, but that they are merely writing out of obedience to God. To which I reply, “Yes!” My point is that the Lord has assigned us a chore or a task to write His word in some fashion. Some of that writing may never see publication. Some of it may merely be for our own benefit by keeping journals to clear our minds.
Some people write for public speaking. Some write to teach. Some write to communicate with family. Some write because it’s fun (believe it or not!). If you’re questioning your hobby, go ahead, quit! I bet you’ll soon feel that familiar tug that brought you to this group in the first place, whether it’s inborn or Spirit-led.