Friday, July 7, 2017

Short Story Contest Open For Entries

Our 2017 Contest is open for entries!

Prize: Publication

Details here:

Entry deadline August 31.

Write a story; help underfunded authors attend the ACFW conference.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


2017 Storming the Short Story Contest


Get your pens, typewriters, pencils, tablets, phones, and/or computers ready. We're having a short story competition!


Writers on the Storm (ACFW – The Woodlands) &

Houston Christian Authors (ACFW – Houston)


An original short story (6,000 word maximum). Entries must not have been previously published in any form.

July 1st - Contest is open for entries.
August 31st - Submissions closed (Midnight Central Time).
September 1st - Scoring begins.
September 31st – Finalists announced.


October 21st - Winners announced at the ACFW-The Woodlands Indie Publishing Mini Conference.


To raise money for the ACFW Scholarship Fund.


Theme: Matt 17:20

He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Your short story can be about anything as long as it contains the theme mentioned above and has a clear faith element (Christian). 

What do I win?

The winning stories will be published in an anthology.

For more information see our contest details:

Saturday, January 7, 2017



#1. Officers

Three of our officers are returning this year. Lisa Godfrees (pres), Elizabeth Pina (vice-pres), and Marc Schooley (treas). Suzi Ronning joins us as secretary (yay!).

[Nancy Kimball doesn't live within spitting distance anymore, though we hope she might make it down to see us occasionally. Thank you for your hard work, Nancy. We love you.]

#2. Meetings

If you're an author, you've likely made writing resolutions for 2017. (If you didn't, it's not too late!)

We're here to help you keep those resolutions. This year, our meetings will focus on learning and honing the craft of writing. Each meeting will focus on an aspect of craft (character or plot development or general story techniques).

We will be using the Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass. You're encouraged to purchase a copy, but it is not required.

#3. Location

We will move our meeting location approximately 1 block - from UBC to my house. It will be easier to find us and more comfortable as well. :)

We've also changed our web location to Make note!

#4. Dues

Dues haven't changed (tricked you!). If you're joining us this year as a member, please use the PayPal button in the right sidebar to provide us with $10. We use these dues to keep the chapter running.

Please join us for our first meeting of 2017 - January 14th. We really hope to see you there. :)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fall Happenings

October meeting cancelled!

Plan to attend The Woodlands Chapter Mini Conference instead.

October 8th 8:30 am - 3 pm
St. Thomas Anglican Church
6819 Louetta Road
Spring, Texas

November 12th, 2 pm 
Final critique session of the year. 
Come and share your stories with us!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June Meeting Follow-up

If you missed our June meeting, you missed a lot of fun, and at least two stories involving rams. (It's an app thing).

As promised, here are links to information we promised to share:

Houston IWA's Conference is
Saturday, August 6, 2016 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Houston’s First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway Houston, Texas 77024.
Brochure and registration info here.

We created a Short Story Resources tab for the contests and other writing opportunities discussed during our meeting. Check back because it will be updated periodically.

Our next meeting is a critique session scheduled for Saturday, July 9th at 1 pm. Why not bring one of those stories you worked on during our meeting to share? And bring a writer friend--the more the merrier!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June Annoucements


Join us on Saturday when HCA President Lisa Godfrees presents compelling evidence for who and why every writer should pen short stories (and what to do with them once you're done). Bring your computer or a notebook for hands-on exercises. This is one presentation you won't want to miss!

See our Events Calendar for information on meeting location.

Includes opportunity to hang out with our 
wonderful March speaker, DiAnn Mills

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Meet Nancy Kimball

Greetings literary brethren. Nancy Kimball here slowing down long enough to do one of my least favorite things--talk about myself! I'm a sinner saved by grace in Jesus Christ, a pet parent to Eric T. the most spectacular pitbull mix the world has ever seen, and a novelist. Though novelist implies more than one novel, and so far I have only released one novel. That should change this year when I release the much-anticipated sequel to Chasing the Lion. I'm an avid reader, a Texan, a fan of Ancient Rome and ALL things gladiator, and still don't understand the point of white crayons.  

How long have you been writing?

Since about the age of ten. I love story. But I got serious about it in 2010, and found out that just because you can write or tell a story does not mean that translates into being able to craft quality fiction. There is so much to learn, but I love it and am still learning all the time.

How did you end up with your first publication?

 racking up a lengthy resume of literary awards and recognition, ultimately I found that I didn't quite color inside the lines enough for the traditional publishing route. I self-published my debut novel, Chasing the Lion, in April of 2014.
How much, and what, do you read?

I am as sporadic in my reading as I am in my writing. I can binge books and read two or three in a week or go a few months without reading or listening to fiction. But I gravitate to any great story, be it young adult coming of age, contemporary romance like Amy Harmon's Making Faces, historical like good buddy Peter Leavell's West for the Black Hills, and lately, contemporary spy thrillers by Matthew Dunn, a former MI-6 agent. Matthew's Spycatcher series featuring Will Cochran are just, insanely amazing. AMAZING. I just finished #4, Dark Spies, and it has been my favorite so far. 

What is one piece of advise you'd give to someone just starting out?

Just start writing. Don't even be afraid of what you don't know until you are finished with your first story. Tell it start to finish. Get the electrifying thrill of typing those two beautiful words "The End." Because then if you want to commercialize it and sell it, you have a lot, lot of work to do.

What is your favorite book on the writing craft?

DiAnn Mills' Dance of Character and Plot. If you are only going to read one craft book in your life, read and study that one. If you're going to read two, then Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft should be second.

What is one thing about you that few people know? Or, if you prefer, what is a hobby you enjoy aside from reading/writing?

I grew up with horses. At one time I owned five, and am a fairly accomplished rider, though it has been about ten years since I've ridden. I hope one day it can be something I return to.

Nancy Kimball

fortitudine vincimusBy endurance, we conquer.