Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Short Story News

Originating in 2013 with ACFW The Woodlands Chapter (Writers on the Storm), we have offered a themed short story contest every year except 2016. This year is no exception.

Why do we do this?

1. For the story. 

I love stories and since I have become an author, I find that I especially love short stories. It amazes me how people are able to tell a whole story in so few words. Writing short fiction has made me better at the craft of storytelling.

2. For the authors.

There is nothing better than walking someone through their first publishing credit. They're excited, and you're excited for them. Unlike many writing contests that only offer feedback on the first few pages of a full-length WIP, the prize of our contest is publication. How cool is that?

3. For ACFW.

I wouldn't be the writer I am today without ACFW. The members welcomed me with open arms, answered my silly questions, and connected me my critique group. Getting together monthly with my local chapter is one of my favorite things to do. It puts energy back into my writing and holds me accountable. To be able to give back to this writing community by contributing to the scholarship fund is the primary purpose of this contest.

4. For The Author.

Our Heavenly Father gifted us with the ability to communicate with words on a page. Not only that, He blessed us with the desire to tell stories. It seems right for us to offer stories that are inspired by His Word.

Our short story contest closes at the end of the month (August 31st). Why not write a story up to 6000 words (no minimum) for our contest? Worst case scenario, you have a short story in your pocket for a rainy day. Best case scenario, your fiction my bless someone.

See our Short Story Contest page for details.


  • Come to our meeting next Saturday (August 12th at 2 pm) to get feedback on your short story! Don't worry if you haven't started writing yet, we'll help you brainstorm or whatever you need. Meeting details on our Events page.

  • Finally, contest winners will be announced at the second annual Bayou City Christian Writers Conference on October 21, 2017. Check out the Writers on the Storm blog for details and to register. I'm going. Who's with me?

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