Fall Contest

2024 ICWF Fall Contest Guidelines

Submission Deadline: Midnight August 15, 2024

InScribe’s annual Fall Contest is exclusively for members, and for new, unpublished work. If you would like to explore membership, please click here. Our Fall Contest is a safe place to try a new category and get professional feedback or to enter pieces in a few of your favourite categories. This year we are offering five categories. See below for guidelines and details on cash prizes, categories, and more.

  • All writers are encouraged to enter, regardless of their level of experience (beginner, intermediate, experienced).
  • Free for writers aged 18 years or younger.
  • $35 per entry. This includes a professional critique.
  • Judges are professional writers, and entries are judged according to these rubrics.
  • A minimum of four entries are required to keep each category open. In the case of fewer than four entries, that category will be suspended for this year and entry fees will be refunded.
  • No simultaneous submissions accepted. (Please do not submit your entry elsewhere until after the judging and, should you win first place, publication in FellowScript.)
  • Please do not enter the same manuscript in more than one category.
  • Late entries will be discarded.

CONTEST GUIDELINES: Steps to Enter your Piece(s)

  1. Membership required if you are over 18 years of age. If you are not a member, please join InScribe here.
  2. Please write something ORIGINAL in one of the categories below.
  3. Do not put your name on your manuscript. 
  4. Follow the rubrics to craft a winning piece.
  5. Click here to make your submission(s).


Must be unpublished, new work, without assistance from generative AI (such as ChatGPT). Pieces may be written for the mainstream or the Christian market. Truth may be presented subtly or overtly, as long as the message of the piece does not contradict Scripture.

See judging rubrics here.

  • Adult Fiction (incl. Young Adult, commonly referred to as YA) – Maximum 1500 words.
  • Children’s Fiction – Maximum 1000 words. No pictures. Please state age level of targeted audience (e.g. age 3-8, 5-9, 7-10, 8-12, etc.).
  • Personal Essay – Maximum 1500 words.
  • Devotional – Maximum 400 words, including scripture. 
  • Poetry (any style) – Maximum 40 lines. Please state poetry style on your submission (e.g., free verse, rhymed, sonnet, etc.).


First: $100 and Certificate

Second: $50 and Certificate

Third: $35 and Certificate

Acceptance of a prize grants First North American Serial Rights to InScribe to publish award-winning manuscripts. Publication in FellowScript is considered at the discretion of the editorial staff and may appear in hardcopy or in the online Fall Supplement, should one be published this year.

  • Certificates will be included with all prizes, including Honourable Mentions.
  • Winners will announced at Fall Conference, in FellowScript, on our blog, and on social media.
  • To encourage quality craftsmanship in the entries, all prizes in a given category may not be awarded.
  • This is a blind contest. Judges will not enter into discussions or disputes regarding their decisions or awards.
  • The Contest Coordinator does not judge the entries.

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



  • Did you follow every step under “Steps to Enter your Piece”?
  • Did you check the applicable rubric(s)?
  • Remember, DO NOT put your name on your manuscript.

We know it takes courage to submit your work. Well done!