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Fall Contest

The FALL CONTEST is offered each year in conjunction with InScribe’s Fall Conference. Members are not required to attend the Conference to enter the contest.

Interested, but not a member? See Membership.

A variety of genres are available and writers at all levels are encouraged to enter. Note that there is no entry fee for writers aged 18 years or younger.


  • Open to all members of InScribe
  • New, unpublished work only
  • Entrance fee of $30 per entry, which includes a professional critique. Critiques will provide entrant with substantial feedback with commentary on every aspect of the judging rubric.
  • All entries are written to stated guidelines within specific categories.
  • Judges are chosen from professional writers, and entries are judged according to these rubrics.


  • Write something ORIGINAL in one of the categories below. Previously published work is not accepted.
  • Name your manuscript by the title of the entry and category. For instance, if you write a poem called “God’s Favour”, title your manuscript “God’s Favour – Poetry”.
  • Put the category in the Subject field of the email – for instance, Fall Contest submission – Poetry.
  • Send your work by EMAIL ONLY in a MICROSOFT WORD ATTACHMENT to contest coordinator at ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1ST. The contest coordinator is not a judge.
  • In the body of your email, provide your name, address, phone number(s), contest category, and word count. Please do not put your name anywhere on your manuscript.
  • $30 per entry, which includes a professional critique
  • Free entry for youth writers aged 18 or under. Please indicate age on entry form.
  • If less than four entries are received in any one category, that category will be dissolved and entry fees refunded.
  • Entrants may enter as many times and in as many categories as they wish as long as the pertinent fees are paid.
  • NO Simultaneous submissions (do not send same manuscript to another contest).
  • Please do not enter the same manuscript in more than one category.
  • Acceptance of a prize grants First North American Serial Rights to InScribe to publish the award-winning manuscript. At the discretion of the editorial staff, the manuscript will be published in FellowScript either in hardcopy or in an online Fall Supplement
  • Late entries will be discarded.


  • 1” margins and double-spacing (except for poetry)
  • Times New Roman font, size 12
  • Emailed by Word doc. Attachment
  • Your name must NOT appear on your manuscript


All unpublished, new work. Every piece may be written for the mainstream or the Christian market. Truth may be presented subtly or overtly, but the pieces will not contradict Scripture in any way.

  • Opinion Piece – Maximum 1500 words – (Essay, Speech, Sermon, Letter, Essay, OP Ed – my goodness even a recipe – as long as a clear opinion shines through and aims to elicit a reaction/decision, whether it be fun or serious.)
  • Poetry – Up to 40 lines. Open. Any Style, but entrant must state style on entry form. Eg.: Rhymed, free-verse, sonnet, villanelle, pantoum, sestina, etc.)
  • Children’s Easy-Read Story – Fiction. Ages 5-9. Maximum 1000 words. Any genre.
  • Song Writing – Lyrics 1-2 pages. Mp3 recording. Any genre. Production quality of the recording and vocal ability are not judged, only lyrics and musicality.
  • Drama – Maximum 1500 words including stage directions. Written script only – no performance submissions. (All types of drama such as scripts, stage plays, screen plays, radio plays, skits, etc.)


Pieces will be judged by these rubrics. (Click to download)


Prizes are available for each category.

First: $100 plus publication in FellowScript and/or on the ICWF Blog*

Second: $50 plus publication in FellowScript and/or on the ICWF Blog*

Third: $30 plus publication in FellowScript and/or on the ICWF Blog*

*Publication in FellowScript is provided only at the discretion of the editorial staff and will appear either in hardcopy or in the online Fall Supplement.

  • Certificates are included with all prizes including Honourable Mentions.
  • Winners are announced at Fall Conference, and in FellowScript, on our Blog and on our listserv. Winning entries may be read or displayed at the next Fall Conference.
  • To encourage quality craftsmanship in the entries, the judges may not award all prizes in a given category.
  • Judges are anonymous and will not enter into a discussion or disputes regarding decisions or awards.
  • The contest coordinator does not judge the entries. Please do not contact the contest coordinator regarding the judging.


  • I have read and complied with contest guidelines, including formatting.
  • I have included all necessary information in my email.
  • My pieces are all new, original work, not published.
  • I have paid adequate entry fees ($30.00 per entry)

Please fill in the form below. Thank you for submitting your piece!

Your hard work and determination are highly valued.