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ACW Historical Fiction Competition

Our next competition is for historical fiction.

Your short story (1200 words max) will have a Christian element, such as a leading Christian character or a Christian setting. Following the Historical Novel Society’s guidance, we will accept stories where the action takes place during or before the year nineteen seventy (1970). You may write about fictitious characters or real historical personages, but do avoid straight biography.

The winning entry will appear in a future edition of Christian Writer (subject to possible editing). In addition, there’s a first prize of a £25 book token and a £10 book token for second prize.

Our judge is Claire Dunn (C F Dunn), author of The Secret of the Journal series, romantic thrillers with a historical twist. In this competition, Claire will be looking particularly for an authentic voice and strong, multi-dimensional characters, characters to whom the reader can relate, even though they lived in a different time period. Writers should allow characters to speak for themselves.

Entry to the ACW Historical Fiction Competition is free to ACW members. For non-members, the fee is £3 for one entry and £5 for two entries. Please use the PayPal link below to make all payments.

All entries must be received by the Competitions Manager at [email protected] by Sunday, 31 December 2017. Judging will be completed by the end of January 2018.

How to Enter

Your entry must be

  • Fiction with a historical setting (during or before 1970).
  • In the form of a short story (word limit: 1200 words).
  • Unpublished, either in print or online.
  • Written in English.
  • Typed, in a plain font (such as Arial or Times New Roman) and double-spaced, with wide margins.
  • Saved in Word format (.doc or .docx). (If you don’t have access to Word, contact the ACW Competitions Manager at [email protected] before submitting.)
  • Contain no identifying marks (such as your name).

A maximum of two entries per person, please.

With your entry, include a cover sheet (on a different Word document to your entry) stating your full name and contact details and (if you are not an ACW member) your PayPal payment number (see above).

Judging of the Comedy Writing Competition

Judge: David Robinson, of Searchlight Theatre

1st Place: Little Tommy Sunshine - Julia Cutting

Julia, as well as being published in Christian Writer, receives a £25 book token as 1st prize.

2nd Place: Fit for purpose - Judy Raymont

Judy receives a £10 book token as 2nd prize.

3rd Place: The Church Council - Joan Histon


For other competitions of interest, click here.

For competition related queries, or details of any competitions you think would interest ACW members, please email: [email protected]