It’s summer. It’s hot. Exciting things are happening. It’s time for another writing contest!

We’re thrilled to partner with 95.5 The Fish out of Cleveland, Ohio for this quarter’s contest. In addition to our regular prizes, the winner will be featured on The Morning Show with Len and Sara.

We want your best flash fiction on the theme “Mirror Image.”

Mirages, fata morgana, mirrored sunglasses, glistening sweat, hot asphalt—summer is full of reflections.

You can interpret this writing contest theme however you want, get creative with it! Your “mirror image” can be literal, like in a mirror, water, or reflecting off a plate-glass window. Your mirror image can be speculative, like secret portals, alternate dimensions, or magical look-alikes. Your mirror image can even be symbolic—exploring the world of equal opposites, extreme pairings, and confused identities.

Whatever you write, you have to keep it short! This is a flash fiction writing contest, which means that you MUST stay under 1,500 words. (On that note, be sure to follow all of the instructions for submitting your work.) Short stories of all types, genres, and styles are welcome, but it should be narrative in nature (a story, not poetry, lyrics, a scan of your diary, etc.)

Writing Contest Prizes!

This contest is an opportunity to prove your work in an open marketplace. See how your work stacks up against others. The contest is judged blind, which means the judges don’t know who wrote which story. In an environment without favoritism, will your story rise to the top?

This quarter, the winner will also have an opportunity to join Len and Sara on The Fish morning show to talk about your winning story!

The winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and have their story published to Pearl Magazine, a new Kingdom Literature focused publication launching this summer from the School of Kingdom Writers. This online magazine will feature some of the best work by writers who are exploring the edges of Christian literature.

The runner-up will receive recognition for their achievement and the item of their choice from the School of Kingdom Writers store. Check out the “Get Your Hopes Up” and “Writers Change the World” gear.

This writing contest is open to all English-speaking writers anywhere in the world. There is no cost to enter.

This quarter’s contest will be judged by the first-year writers at the School of Kingdom Writers: Thirzah Griffioen, Anya Israel, and Michaylah Malone.

There are a million directions you can take this theme. Have some fun with it and don’t be afraid to get weird (you should meet the SOKW students). Your short story can be inspiring, creepy, realistic, fantasy, or even a true story, just so it’s a story.

All submissions must be received by the end of the day on September 1, 2022.

Curious what it takes to win? Check out past winning submissions on the School of Kingdom Writers website here.

How do I enter? Register for a Kingdom Writers Guild account. Registration is free and easy. Once registered, log in to submit your work for this writing contest. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm ET on September 1, 2022.

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

KWG is a resource provided by the School of Kingdom Writers. Check out our classes, too. We are now accepting applications for our full-time program.

Writing Contest Questions and Fast Info:

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

When is the deadline? 11:59pm ET on September 1, 2022.

What is the word limit? All submissions must be less than 1,500 words.

Who can participate? Anyone. There is no cost to enter. The writing 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. You can still win even if you’d prefer we not publish your story.

Who will judge? The SOKW full-time students will select a winner by October 1, 2022.

What do you win? The winner will receive bragging rights, recognition for their accomplishment, and a $100 Amazon gift card. With the author’s permission, the winning story will also be published by Pearl Magazine.

The runner-up will receive recognition and one item of their choice from the SOKW store–>Check out all of the cool stuff. (You must reside in the United States to receive this prize. International entrants can still win and be recognized if you win, but no prize will be sent.)

How do I enter? Register for a FREE Kingdom Writers Guild account. Registration is easy. Once registered, log in to submit your work for this contest.

I need help! We’d love to assist you. Shoot us an email at 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. You can also ask questions on the KWG Forum or the Facebook group.

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About the Judges of this Writing Contest

The judges of this contest are all students at the School of Kingdom Writers (SOKW), a 2-year vocational training program for Christian writers who are serious about taking their work to the next level. These writers are supported with professional instruction and one-on-one coaching.

Anya Israel is an emerging novelist with an unhealthy passion for stories. Follow her at AnyaIsrael.com.

Michaylah Malone continuously hones her writing craft in order to share what she’s learned about preparedness as well as stories that involve the prepper world. Follow her at MichaylahMalone.com.

Thirzah Griffioen is a Dutch-American sci-fi and fantasy writer who enjoys collecting rocks, reading historical fiction, and participating in the arts. Follow her at ThirzahWrites.com.