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JournEzine Sixth Annual Christmas Story Contest

November 11, 2011 by  
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The theme this year is “Emmanuel, God with Us.”  We encourage you to be as creative as you like with your entry.Entries will be judged on the following criteria, by decimal point system:

  • 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 mention to the top 7 entries.  Details of the exciting prizes are soon to be announced.

Your winning story should be written and submitted prior to midnight (CST) December 7th.

All entries will be submitted anonymously to the judges whose scores will be combined to determine the winning entries.

We look forward to receiving your submission.  Please email them (read the terms and guidlines for submissions here) to us at
this special address created specifically for this event:

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

Winners will be announced on December 15th.

While “Emmanuel: God With Us” is the theme for this competition, we are blessed to know His promise to us that He will NEVER leave
us nor forsake us … not only at Christmastime, but every day throughout the year God is With Us!

Note:  JournEzine now publishes DAILY!  Follow us on Twitter ( to receive daily publishing updates or add yourself to the feedburner on our main page at  Please feel free to submit as often as you like for the regular publication here<
Time to sharpen up your pencils and turn on your lap tops for Our Sixth Annual Christmas Story Contest! This year our theme is “Emmanuel: God With Us.” 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

2. All entries must be received by midnight (CST) on December 7th.

3. Your entry (you may submit more than one) must reflect the theme (“Emmanuel: God With Us”) and be no less than 300 and no more than 750 words in length; please use a word-counter to help us stay within our limit. Any entry outside the word limit will be automatically disqualified (ouch!).

4. Your story must be submitted IN THE BODY OF AN EMAIL—NO ATTACHMENTS PLEASE. Please simply copy and paste your entry into the body of an email and email it to

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. 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.

By submitting your story, you affirm that should your entry be chosen as a winner, you allow JournEzine to feature your story in the December 2011 issue of JournEzine and the HGIM 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 content 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.

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 your submission.

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