Presbyterian Writers Guild announces ‘Ash Wednesday’ writing contest Reply

To support and encourage Presbyterian writers, the Presbyterian Writers Guild is sponsoring a writing contest, with the theme of “Ash Wednesday.”

Winners will be named in three categories: (1) Personal Essay/Reflection, (2) Poem, and (3) Litany/Prayer. There is a 500-word limit for all entries. The deadline for entries is February 5.

One Grand Prize winner of the “Ash Wednesday” contest will receive a $100 cash prize. The winner in each category will receive a complimentary, yearlong membership renewal in the Guild. The PWG will publish all winners on its website and will attempt to place winning entries in other Presbyterian media. 

Entries will be judged by distinguished winners of PWG honors: John Buchanan, moderator of the 208th General Assembly (1996), former editor and publisher of The Christian Century and a winner of the David Steele Distinguished Writer Award; Jane Kurtz, winner of the 2020 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award; and Caroline Kurtz, winner of the Best First Book Award for the best first book by a Presbyterian author written during 2018-2019.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please email submissions no later than Friday, February 5, to Jerry Van Marter, PWG secretary, at jerryvanmarter@gmail.com. Paste your submission into the body of your message or attach it as a separate Word document. Include your name, Presbyterian affiliation, and the category in which you are submitting. There is no entry fee for Guild members. Non-members are asked to remit $25, which entitles you to a year’s membership in the Guild.

For instructions on how to remit the $25 annual membership dues, visit the Guild’s website or contact PWG treasurer, Bill Lancaster, by email for a PayPal invitation.