As we prepare for full-time students to join us this fall, we are shifting our writing contests to a quarterly schedule. This quarter’s short story contest will be slightly shorter with a deadline of September 1, 2021. These contests are open to all English-speaking writers. There is no cost to enter.

Your challenge this quarter is to write a short story on the theme Breaking of Bread. You’re welcome to interpret this theme however you see fit—literally, metaphorically, or allegorically.

Bread is a metaphor that permeates the biblical narrative, and our very lives. From the manna in the desert to the five loaves and two fishes—there’s even bread in the book of Revelation. Jesus calls himself our bread, broken for us.

To “break bread” can mean to share a meal. In Biblical times, bread was harder than modern bread and needed to be literally broken, rather than torn.

Your story may be true or fictional. You may write in any genre or writing style you wish, but it should be a narrative (story). Set your story in the past, present, or future. There may literally be breaking of bread or you can riff with one of the many metaphorical concepts of bread.

The winner of this month’s writing contest will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and be published to the School of Kingdom Writers website.

We’ll be looking at the quality of your piece as whole.

Your short story may be up to 3,500 words. You have until September 1, 2021 to submit.

Give it a shot! You have nothing to lose.

How do I enter? (***New!***) Register for an account at KingdomWritersGuild.org. Registration is free and easy. Once registered, log in to submit your work for this contest. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm ET on September 1, 2021.

The Kingdom Writers Guild is our community of Christian writers. There’s no cost to register and you’ll also have access to classes and a variety of resources.

The maximum word count is 3,500 words.

Questions and Fast Info:

Theme: “Breaking of Bread.” You can interpret this theme as creatively as you wish. All genres, writing styles, and settings are welcome.

Who can participate? Anyone. There is no cost to enter. The contest is open to writers of all ages and experience levels. You may live anywhere in the world, but you must have a mailing address in the United States to receive physical prizes.

Do I keep the rights to my work? Yes! We will only publish the contest winner to our website. All others retain complete control and copyrights of their work. Before publishing the winner, we will ask for permission from the author.

Who will judge? The SOKW team will select a winner by October 1, 2021.

What do you win? The winner will receive bragging rights, recognition for their accomplishment, and a  $100 Amazon gift card.

Runner-up will receive recognition and one item of their choice from the SOKW store. (Must reside in the United States)

When is the deadline? 11:59pm ET on September 1, 2021.

I need help! We’d love to assist you. Shoot us an email at mailto: contest@sokw.org. Don’t wait until the day of the deadline to ask for help. This contest is administered by volunteers, and we don’t offer 24/7 support.

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