Stories of Life

Date: Wed April 1 2020 12:00 am to Fri July 31 2020 11:59 pm


Stories of Life is a writing competition that seeks out true stories of faith and testimony. Our aim is to equip Christians to tell their stories well, and to provide a platform for the best of those stories through our annual anthology, radio broadcasts and online presence.

We are looking for all sorts of stories. Your story may be action-packed or reflective, joyful or sorrowful, traditional or quirky. Whatever the story, we hope to read of how something happened to someone in a way demonstrated the reality of God at work in this world.

The stories can be about any aspect of faith, so lateral thinking is welcomed. We love reading about God’s grace in action. A good way to get a feel for the type of stories we seek is to go through our archives and writing resources.

Whatever the topic, we encourage you to write your story in a way that speaks to ordinary people, who may never have been part of a faith community. Try to avoid Christian jargon. We are not looking for devotionals or reflections on a bible passage.

You can write a biographical story of another person (with their permission) in a journalistic style, but don’t just tell us the facts. The stories we love will not only be true, they will also touch our hearts.



Entries should clearly yet creatively fulfil the purpose of the competition.

Stories entered into this competition must be true. They may be autobiographical or biographical. If they are biographical, you must gain permission from the person you are writing about. You may find this Biography Consent Form useful.

All writing must be the original work of entrants, and must not have been published or have won a prize in any literary competition, prior to the closing date, Friday, 31 July 2020.

The word range for each category must be strictly adhered to.

Limit of one entry per person in each category. People may enter a story into multiple categories, provided their entries meets the requirements of each category and do not violate any of the other Entry Guidelines.

For an entry to be counted as valid, all relevant entry fees must be  paid in full when completing the online submission form.

All entries MUST be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) via the online submission form.

The text of your entry should be clearly legible and should not include illustrations. We suggest a plain, size 12 font (e.g. Times New Roman or Arial), 1.5 to double line spacing, and generous 3-4cm margins, left and right.

Please ensure each page is numbered and bears the TITLE ONLY of your story in the header or footer. Please do not include your name anywhere on your story. Personal details should only be supplied via the online submission form.


To submit your entry

Complete the online submission form relevant to the selected category. The online entry submission form will be available from 1 April 2020 to 31 July 2020.

Please ensure that you attach your entry as a Microsoft Word document. Entries must be submitted before midnight of the closing date of Friday, 31 July 2020.

Shortlisted entries will be announced online (on the Competition website and via Facebook) prior to final judging. All winning and shortlisted entries will be included in our 2020 Stories of Life anthology.

Entry confers publication right to the stories of life publications and audio presentations. Copyright will remain with the individual author. However, Stories of Life reserves the right to reprint shortlisted and winning entries in future promotional publications with due acknowledgement of the original author.

Winners will be announced at the official launch of the Stories of Life anthology in November. All prize money will be paid by personal cheque or electronic funds transfer to the recipient’s nominated bank account.

Judges’ decisions are final and dispute thereof will not be entered into except in the case of a clear breach of the Entry Conditions.

Go to How to Enter.

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