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Finalists for 2014 Nonfiction Page Turner Contest Announced

In a week and a half, the winners of FaithWriters and Breath of Fresh Air Press‘s 2014 Nonfiction Page Turner will be announced. And as we wait, the lovely judges have whittled the 45 entries down to a top 15. Who are they, and how was the process? I think I’ll let the lovely Deb Porter tell you (from this post on the FaithWriters forums).

“Once again, it has been a privilege to see such heartfelt entries in the 2014 Non-Fiction [...]

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What Do YOU Want to See on the Blog?

The FaithWriters blog has been around for five years this coming January, and it has evolved some over that time – but one thing that has not changed is that this blog is for YOU, the FaithWriters member and Christian writer.

So, I thought it was probably time for me to come to YOU, and find out what you would like to see here. (Not that it hasn’t been asked before, mind you – but it never hurts to poll the [...]

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Checking that your Challenge Entry was Received

Have you ever submitted your entry for the FaithWriters Writing Challenge, then come Thursday, not been able to find it in the current entries? Maybe you forgot to check for the confirmation page, or there was some sort of glitch that stopped it from going through. It can be frustrating, as there is nothing that can be done after the fact to have your entry in for that topic.

Well, now there is a way to be 100% certain your entry [...]

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November Starts Tomorrow – REALLY!

(So if you haven’t gotten your Nonfiction Page Turner entry in – hurry! Today IS the deadline!)

And there is A LOT going on here at FaithWriters (and elsewhere, for that matter!) in this eleventh month of the calendar year.

Of course, there’s the FaithWriters Writing Challenge (the genre quarter – this week’s topic challenges us to write contemporary fiction – who knows what styles of writing we’ll be challenged to try in coming weeks?).  Be sure to give a topic a [...]

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Nonfiction Page Turner Deadline This Week

If you still haven’t submitted your entry to the 2014 Nonfiction Page Turner Contest, I must congratulate you – on your procrastination. You are part of a proud, elite group of writers: those who squeeze their challenge entries in on Thursday mornings minutes before (or even a minute or two after!) 11am, who work best under pressure, who wait until the very last minute.

But there’s a fine line between delay and late – and that line is approaching fast. If [...]

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A Stretchy Writing Challenge Quarter – Genre-ally Speaking :)

Have you checked out the topics for the FaithWriters’ Writing Challenge the past few weeks? We are revisiting a theme from way back in 2007 – one that was extremely popular and a serious growth experience for many who participated back then (including yours truly!).

Welcome to the genre quarter, 2014!

We are in week three of the quarter – and the current challenge is to write for the science fiction and/or fantasy genre. Guidelines are just like any other time – [...]

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12 Promises Writers MUST Make to Themselves to Fulfill Their Dreams

12 Promises Writers MUST Make to Themselves to Fulfill Their Dreams
by Edie Melson

The writing life isn’t an easy one. It’s one filled with joy, but also has its painful side. With any lifestyle that requires the courage to follow a dream, there are frequent roadblocks and obstacles.

Many of these are imposed from others. Just announce that you’re following your heart and people seem to come out of the woodwork to tell you why it can’t—and/or shouldn’t—be done. In addition to [...]

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Congratulations to Summer Quarter Writing Challenge Cash Winners!

The FaithWriters’ Writing Challenge is on a break right now, with the last winners of the Goes Together LIke” quarter announced just last week. And that means it’s time to announce the four winners of the quarterly level awards. The highest scoring entry in EACH LEVEL over each entire ten-week quarter receives a $50 cash prize.

Level 1: BEGINNERS – Saddle for Sale by Rachel Barrett (Pen and Paper Challenge)
Level 2: INTERMEDIATE – Dear Doctor C.E.O. by Diane Bowman (Pen and [...]

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Share Your Testimony

Every Christian has a testimony – many more than one. Whether it is how you were saved or how God was with you through circumstances, we all have a story to tell of God’s faithfulness, mercy, and grace. And as writers, putting it down on paper may be the most logical thing to do.

And FaithWriters is giving you the opportunity to not only write it down – but to share it with the world, get it in print, and participate [...]

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Conflict that LIfts the Bar

Conflict that Lifts the Bar
by Gail Gaymer Martin

Problems, crises and conflicts need solutions, but the conflict needs to be strong. It can’t be running out of wine at a party or disagreeing on what movie to see. You all know that arguments and disagreements aren’t worthy of being considered a conflict in fiction.

A conflict needs to involve a vital situation or issue needed for the main character to reach his goal. He needs enough money to pay the taxes and [...]

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