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JournEzine Seventh Annual Christmas Story Contest

November 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Contests, HGIM, Monthly Articles, Newsletters

Good News

The theme this year is “GOOD NEWS“.  Using the following scriptures, we challenge you to create the winning story (true or fiction) which helps to communicate the heart of this Christmas season based on our GOOD NEWS theme.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:9-14)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

While you are encouraged to be as creative as you like with your entry, every submission will be rated by assigning a numerical value between 1 and 5 for each of the following 7 criteria.  Author’s names or any other identifying information are not revealed to the judges; they rate each entry based on its own merit alone.

A panel of independent judges will read each entry and, using a pre-programmed tally sheet, submit their opinions by our deadline.  All judges’ tally sheets will then be combined to determine the final winners.  The judges will not have contact with the other judges, so all entries will be rated separately by each individual judge without outside influence.

As you write, please keep in mind the following criteria which will be the basis for judging each entry:

  • How well did the entry fit the topic?
  • How well crafted was the entry?
  • How creative was the entry?
  • How well did the entry begin?
  • Did the entry come to a satisfying conclusion?
  • How well did the entry work within its own genre (i.e. poetry, fiction,
    devotion etc)?
  • How well did the entry connect with or involve the reader?

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries and honorable mentions awarded to the top 7 runner-ups. Details of the exciting prizes are soon to be announced.

Your winning story should be written and submitted prior to midnight (CST) December 14th.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 21st.

Please email your entry (or entries) as attachments to an email addressed to GOODNEWS@journezine.com.  Your entry must be presented in final form, proofread, and ready for publication in .DOC or .DOCX format(read the terms and guidelines for submissions below.  Please DO NOT include your entry in the body of an email as this creates many challenges during the publishing process.

Multiple entries by authors are welcome as long as the guidelines are followed.

While the “Good News” is the theme for this competition, we are excited to see how your entry will convey the most important message sent to mankind through the advent of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Of course, we know the “Good News” is not just for Christmas … it is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that transforms the hearts of men, women and children across the globe.  Glory to God!

Note: JournEzine now publishes DAILY! Follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/journezine) to receive daily publishing updates or add yourself to the feedburner on our main page at www.journezine.com. Please feel free to submit as often as you like for the regular publication here.

RULES FOR SUBMISSION

Time to sharpen up your pencils and turn on your lap tops for Our Seventh Annual Christmas Story Contest! This year our theme is “GOOD NEWS.” We invite you to submit your theme-based stories and articles.

Drum roll, please, here are our guidelines:

1. Please submit your story via email to GOODNEWS@journezine.com.

2. All entries must be received by midnight (CST) on December 14th.

3. Your entry (you may submit more than one) must reflect the theme (“GOOD NEWS”) and be no less than 300 and no more than 1,000 words in length; please use a word-counter to help you stay within your limit. Any entry outside the word limit will be automatically disqualified (ouch!).

4. NEW RULEYour entry must be presented in final form, proofread, and ready for publication in .DOC or .DOCX format.  Please DO NOT include your entry in the body of an email as this creates many challenges during the publishing process.  Please email your entries to GOODNEWS@journezine.com.

5. Because this is a Christian ministry, your entry must reflect Christian principles and in some way point to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

6. Please help us by including the following information with your submission:

* Full name
* Mailing Address
* Phone Number
* Email Address
* Short Bio (under 75 words) with or without your contact info, your choice and a picture, if possible.
* Link to your website and/or blog, if applicable

7. As always, please remember to present your bio written in THIRD PERSON and attach a photo of yourself (if available).

8. Finally, make sure your story (or stories) are edited and in publishable form. We will not do any editing on competition entries; they will be presented to the judges exactly as received.  No exceptions.

By submitting your story, you affirm that you allow JournEzine to share your story in the December 2012 issue of JournEzine and the HGIM Christmas e-newsletter mailed to all partners and friends of the ministry, to be displayed on appropriate ministry websites, etc. Also you affirm that you release to Heart of God International Ministries the rights to publish your entry as the content relates to this competition.

Please only submit original material—any forwards or copied or plagiarized stories will automatically be rejected (we only want your stuff, from your heart!).

We have independent judges who will read your story (or stories) anonymously; your name and contact information will be removed before submitting the entries to them for judging. We affirm there will be no favoritism—each entry will stand on its own merit and judged according to the criteria detailed above.

So, get started writing! Don’t delay another day … and, be sure to share this competition with your writing friends and associates. We’re anxious to read what is on your heart regarding the GOOD NEWS of Christmas!

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