Hey there, friend! Do you love stories?

You know I do! That’s why I’m so excited to share this with you.

I’ve been chosen to judge a flash fiction writing contest!

That’s right! The Kingdom Writers Guild is hosting a spring-themed flash fiction contest, and I get to be one of four judges. The grand prize is a $100 Amazon gift card! I almost wish I could enter this contest myself…

What to Expect

As one of the judges, it’s my job to tell you how to win.

This season’s theme is Back to Life.

You are allowed to interpret that any way you like. This could be a story about a man raised from the dead, an event that sparked a life-changing career, the zombie apocalypse, or anything in between! We will accept any and every entry.

I personally would love to see something shocking! I love twists. The more clever, the better.

If you need some inspiration, here are a couple of prompt ideas to get your gears turning:

  • You have been caring for a foster child for three months. She is silent and submissive, listless, expression always blank. You’ve almost given up hope, but one day, a curious event brings the spark of life back to her eyes. What is that event?
  • You have a gift for nurturing nearly dead plants back to life. One day, you find a tiny, withered beanstalk curled around your fencepost. You water it and tuck some fertilizer into the soil around it. The next day, you awaken to find it towering far above your home into the clouds, healthy and strong, with a stairway made of leaves winding upwards. Where does it lead?
  • Your best friend was killed in a house fire two months ago. But today you received a letter with no return address. Its only content was a hand drawn symbol that you and your best friend had created as children. It means “Help”.

For more inspiration, check out Writing Prompts on Instagram!

The Nitty-Gritty

Alright, time for all the boring details.

  • Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on June 1, 2022.
  • Word Limit: 1,500 words.
  • Participation: Anyone who can speak English and type sentences. (You must have a US mailing address to receive prizes.)
  • Rights: Entirely yours! Only the winner’s work will be published to the School of Kingdom Writers website. All others retain complete control and copyrights of their work. (You can still win if you don’t want yours published, of course.)
  • Judges: The full-time students of the School of Kingdom Writers! I am one of four judges. The others are Leanna Hampton, Thirzah Griffieon, and Michaylah Malone. We’ll choose a winner by July 1, 2022!
  • Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon gift card! (Seriously, I should have entered this one.)
  • Runner-up: You’ll get recognition and your choice of one item from the SOKW store!
  • Submit your work: Register for a FREE Kingdom Writers Guild account. Then you can log in and submit your awesome story here.
  • I NEED SOME HELP HERE: Okay, we got you. Send an email to contest@sokw.org and the lovely people there will assist you.
writing contest judges
From the left: Leanna Hampton, Anya Israel (me!), Thirzah Griffioen, Michaylah Malone.

Go Forth and Write!

I’m so excited about this! I’ve always loved stories, and I can hardly wait to see what you can come up with.

You have a big imagination! It’s rich and vibrant and ready to be put to work. Don’t be afraid to get weird, dark, hilarious, or just plain strange. Give this your best shot!

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