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Let Your Light Shine Youth Writing Contest

1 June - 31 August 2018 Free
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Dates & Times

  • 1 Jun - 31 Aug 2018
    12:00am - 11:59pm


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We're looking for young writers!

We tell stories about our past and highlight ideas from the present because we want people to engage with new understandings. Ultimately, we do this because we want to glorify God and make his love known to all people. This is why we need your help.

Until August 31, 2018, the Brethren in Christ Historical Society will be accepting submissions for an essay contest. The topic for our first-ever contest is, “Let Your Light Shine”, which is based on Matthew 5:14–16:

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in
heaven.” (NRSV)

For this essay, we invite you to find a story from your church about someone or a ministry effort that has in the past or is currently sharing the gospel in meaningful or creative ways. Submissions could include biographies, news releases of current events, historical reflections, or reviews of other historical publications on this topic. There will be three tiers for this contest, with one prize assigned to the winner of each category:

• Middle School (Grades 6–8): one-week camp scholarship (equal to $300)
• High School (Grades 9–12): one-week camp scholarship (equal to $300)
• College (Undergraduate and Graduate): $300 bookstore certificate
The bookstore certificate option is also available for each winner in every tier if they would prefer not to attend a summer camp.

Participants must be members or attendees of the following churches: Brethren in Christ, Old Order River Brethren, or United Zion Church. Individuals living outside the U.S. are also encouraged to participate. All participants are expected to follow ethical guidelines regarding research, making certain to cite sources, and submit their own work. Using Chicago Style is recommended, but not required. Length requirements are based on a 12-point serif font (e.g. Times New Roman), double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and the page count not including the cover page or bibliography.

• Middle School: 2 pages
• High School: 4 pages
• College: 8 pages

Select articles may be published in the journal Brethren in Christ History & Life. Submissions will be judged by a subcommittee of the Society’s Board of Directors by the end of December 2018. Please submit your essay here by no later than August 31, 2018. We look forward to hearing your stories!