Fall Contest

InScribe’s annual Fall Contest is exclusively for members, and for new, unpublished work only. Our Fall Contest is a safe place to try a new genre and get professional feedback or to enter a few of your favourite genres.
All writers are encouraged to enter, regardless of level. There is NO entry fee for writers aged 18 and younger.

This year we are offering 6 categories! See below for details on cash prizes, categories, and more.

Interested, but not a member? See the Membership page.

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

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*

*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.

  • Certificates are included with all prizes including Honourable Mention.
  • 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.

Entrance fee of $30 per entry, which includes a professional critique.
FREE entry for 18 and under.
Critiques provide commentary on every criterion of the judging rubrics. Judges are professional writers, and entries are judged according to the rubrics.

NO Simultaneous submissions (do not send the same manuscript to another contest).
Please do not enter the same manuscript in more than one category.

All entries must be sent to the Contest Coordinator no later than September 1st at midnight your local time.
Late entries will be discarded.

All unpublished, new work.
Pieces may be written for the mainstream or the Christian market.
The Truth may be presented subtly or overtly as long as Scripture is not contradicted. The message of each piece will support the Apostle’s Creed.

If less than six entries are received in any one category, that category will be dissolved and entry fees refunded.

Please do not enter the same manuscript in more than one category.
See judging Rubrics here.

2019 Fall Contest categories

Children’s Fiction – Maximum 1000 words. No pictures.

Drama Script – Maximum 1500 words plus stage directions.

Non-Fiction to Conference Theme “Come to the Well” (John 4:14b) – Maximum 1500 words

Song Writing – 1-2 pages of lyrics with chord symbols, plus an MP3 vocal recording. Instruments optional. Voice quality is not judged.

Poetry – Maximum 40 lines, any style. Please state the style on your submission (eg: free verse, rhymed, sonnet, etc.)

Devotional – Maximum 300 words. Scripture must be included.

CONTEST GUIDELINES: Seven Steps to Enter your piece(s)

  1. Membership required.
    If you are not a member, please join us here.
  2. Write something ORIGINAL in one of the categories below.
    Published work is not accepted.
  3. Follow the rubrics to craft a winning piece.
  4. Send your manuscripts by EMAIL ONLY in a MICROSOFT WORD ATTACHMENT to contests@inscribe.org ON OR BEFORE Midnight SEPTEMBER 1st.
    Please send a separate email for each piece you submit.   
  5. BODY OF YOUR EMAIL: – Name – Mailing address – Phone number – Title and Category of the piece you are entering – Word count of your piece
  6. SUBJECT FIELD OF YOUR EMAIL: “Fall Contest Submission” AND category – For example: “Fall Contest Submission: Children’s Fiction”
  7. Pay for your entry/entries here. Enter as many pieces as you wish.
    $30 per entry includes a critique by a professional judge/writer.
    FREE entry for 18 and under.


  • 1” margins and double-spacing (except for poetry)
  • Times New Roman font, size 12
  • Points deducted for improper formatting. Please see Rubrics.
  • Emailed by Word doc. Attachment
  • Your name must NOT appear on your manuscript, only the title of your piece and the contest category

Questions? Please contact contests@inscribe.org with “Fall Contest Questions” in the subject field.

Before you press “send”
Did you follow every step under “Seven Steps to Enter your Piece”?
Did you send a separate email to contests@inscribe.org for each manuscript?
Did you check the rubrics?  
Please remember not to put your name on your manuscripts.

Thank you for all the hard work and courage you have put into entering the InScribe Fall Contest!