Association of Christian Writers

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                        ACW Competitions

News Poetry Results

WINNER    Jan Godfrey       Above Castal Malhac
SECOND    Janet Killeen     Six O’ Clock                                                
THIRD     Kathy Butler      Of Death and Entrances, January 30th 1965

Prize, a copy of The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry

Congratulations to all three winners.  Well done all entrants.


Alfie Dog Crime Fiction Competition

We all love a bit of crime. Well… crime fiction anyway. So, for our next competition, which is being launched jointly with Alfie Dog Fiction, write us a crime story with a Christian element - perhaps a Christian setting, or main characters whose Christian faith is an important element in the story. Our judges, Wendy H Jones (of DI Shona McKenzie fame) and Rosemary Kind (of Alfie Dog Fiction website) are looking for a well written and complete story, which will satisfy the reader. Avoid commonly repeated storylines. Be original. Make yours stand out from the crowd.

Email your entries to [email protected] by Tuesday 18 April 2017. Entry fees: ACW members free; non-members £3 for one entry and £5 for two. Maximum of two entries per person, please. For an additional £7 (members and non-members), you may receive a critique of your story. Use PayPal link on this page to pay all fees.

Your crime story must be

  • Crime fiction (not ‘true crime’).
  • Include Christian element.
  • Unpublished (in print or online.
  • 1200 words maximum
  • In English.
  • Typed and with wide margins.
  • Saved in Word format (.doc or docx).
  • Contain no identifying marks (such as your name).

You must also include a cover sheet, displaying:

  • Name and contact details
  • PayPal payment number (if appropriate)
  • Request for critique (if required).

Judging will be completed by Monday, 22 May 2017 and winners informed shortly afterwards.  The winning entry may be published in a future edition of Christian Writer (subject to the approval of the editor) and online on Alfie Dog Fiction (again, subject to approval of editor).  The winner will receive two books, chosen from Masterclass: Writing Crime Fiction by Rosemary Rowe; Power Packed Book Marketing by Wendy H. Jones; From Story Idea to Reader by Rosemary Kind and Patsy Collins.  The second-placed winner will choose one book, from the same selection.
Cost per entry

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