It’s time to announce the FOUR cash winners from hundreds of entries in this past quarter of FaithWriters Writing Challenge. Beginning this year, the highest scoring entry in EACH LEVEL over the entire ten-week quarter will receive a $50 cash prize.
This past quarter was the “Ex” quarter, with topics from exam to exotic to exhale. The entries across the board were wonderful and inspiring – but there can only be one winner (in each level, anyway!)
And now, without further ado, our level champions for the third quarter of 2013 – as well as their thoughts:
Level 1 – Beginners: No Fair. He’s Got More Than Me by Amy Hatton (Extra Challenge)
Level 2 – Intermediate: Crossing the Final Frontier by Pauline Carruthers (Expert Challenge)
“I have always wanted to write but never found the courage or the confidence to make a start. I was always afraid of failure. But before my husband died in October 2012 he asked me to promise that I would write and I made that promise. One weekend earlier this year, the Lord spoke to me about it being ‘my time’ and put it in my heart to share testimony in church and a short extract from the book I am attempting to write. It was unbearably difficult but I obeyed and was incredibly encouraged. A short time later I discovered FaithWriters, became a member and submitted my first Challenge article. The critiques were encouraging and helpful and I suddenly found I was no longer afraid of failure. I learned to simply try harder next time, enjoy what others had written and share gladly in their success. Our God is good.” Pauline Carruthers
Level 3 – Advanced: Willow Room by Mike Newman (Exam Challenge)
“It is a wonderful thing to be counted among the many fantastic writers that wander the corridors of FaithWriters. It is awesome to see that my story did well this last quarter.
“The topic for Willow Room was Exam, and I had two thoughts about how to approach it. First, I did not want a test of character or a test of faith, I wanted a literal test. My second thought was the light coming through the drooping branches of a willow tree.
“Those thoughts turned into Willow Room, and I am excited about the way it turned out.” Mike Newman
Level 4 – Masters: Use Before… by Gerald Shuler (Expire Challenge)
“There were so many wonderful entries this quarter I’m just in shock that my story was even read, so it will take me awhile to believe it was picked.
“You asked how I came up with the idea for the story. I’m really not sure. The topic was “Expire” so I wanted it to be about something that expires. My wife was shopping with me and she was taking things out of the basket that I had put in. She wanted me to see if there were any on the shelves with fresher expiration dates. I asked her what she would do if I reached my own expiration date and… muse took over.
“I am truly, TRULY honored to have this story so well received. Thank you.” Gerald Shuler
The Writing Challenge is on a break right now, but a new topic will start up on October 3 – that’s just a few days away! You could be listed here for next quarter!
Congratulatons, Amy, Pauline, Mike, and Gerald!