Summer Writers Contest

Let Us Look To Luke

The book Luke is a model of descriptive writing. Below we have listed information from Christianity.com that further explains why we are looking to Luke’s writings as an example of descriptive writing.

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The Gospel of Luke is well known for its detailed, yet poetic style dedicated to presenting a fully credible description of the life, work, and resurrection of Jesus. Scholars believe this gospel was written by a physician and Christ-follower named Luke, traveling companion of the apostle Paul.

As the Gospel of Luke is a companion volume to the Book of Acts and is written in the same style and structure, scholars also believe Luke authored that work.

Written in a high literary style that devotes much attention to detail and credible accounting, the Gospel of Luke was intended to present a full historical record of Jesus from his birth and ministry to his death and resurrection. The key focus is to emphasize the gospel and help people understand Jesus’s critical message of salvation.

Luke’s account is unique in that it gives far more in-depth information about the birth of John the Baptist, whom the angel Gabriel said would “make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:14-17). It also offers a comprehensive account of the annunciation to the Virgin Mary, including her song of joy (1:46-55). An elaborate account of the birth of Jesus is also offered, as is his presentation in the temple and his boyhood. Also, many often-cited parables are found only in the Gospel of Luke, including the story of the prodigal son and the good Samaritan.

In a linear, chronological, highly organized structure that relies on setting and meticulous narrative to make his points, Luke begins with the conceptions of John the Baptist and then Jesus, followed by their respective births (Luke 1-2). Right away, Jesus is identified as “the Messiah” (Luke 2:11).

Citation: https://www.christianity.com/bible/niv/luke/

Writing Contest Assignment:

A Descriptive Writing Piece (1500 words or less)

Submit an essay between June 1st and July 8th, 2022

Only $25.00 per essay from June 1, 2022, until June 24, 2022. After June 24th registration is $30.00 per essay.

Descriptive writing is a literary device in which the author uses details to paint a picture with their words. This process will provide readers with descriptions of people, places, objects, and events through the use of suitable details. (https://study.com/academy/lesson/descriptive-writing-definition-techniques-examples.html)

Choose one of the below assignments to write an essay of 1500 words or less.

Big Decision

1. Describe a time in your life when you faced making a decision. Be specific about the circumstances surrounding the decision, what choice did you make, what factors played a role in your decision making, and why did you ultimately come to this conclusion? Following Christ is all about making a decision and following through on it. What Big Decision(s) have you made in your lifetime and why?

A Place Called Heaven

2. Write an essay describing Heaven. Use your imagination! Be descriptive about what you see, what you hear, and how you feel. Reference material is allowed, or you can write your version from your own imagination. Pull the reader in and get them excited about this place.

If It Was Me. . .

3. In Matthew 9:18-25 / Mark 5:22-43 / Luke 8:41-56 two well-known stories and three main characters (Jesus, Jairus, the woman with the issue of blood) intersect. We do know the outcome of each encounter along with some detail, but the Bible doesn’t share everything.

Choose a character from the above narrative and write a “point of view” leading up to the moment of victory of one of the events in the passages. Be creative with your perspective. Feel free to alter the time, culture, location, or setting. However, the outcome must end according to the scripture. By the way, what you write will be hypothetical, so you won’t be adding to scripture.

Each Essay will be judged on the following:

Content – 50%

Good Grammar – 15%

Creativity – 20%

Flow & Organization – 15%

CONTEST WINNERS RECEIVE

1st Prize – $250 plus publication in two magazines

2nd Prize – $100 plus honorable mentions in magazines

3rd Prize – T-Shirt plus $25 Off (SFCWR) Writer’s Retreat

WRITING GUIDELINES

How To Submit Your Writing Piece — Read Everything Very Carefully

  1. Read the Writing Contest Assignment and select one of three suggested topics.
  2. Review and accept the contest Guidelines, Rules & Regulations
  3. In the comments section below, state your name and “I accept these guidelines.” (Your comment will not be made public it is for contest review only.)
  4. Make your payment of $25.00 (or $30.00) to enter the contest.
  5. When submitting your writing assignment make sure your full name, phone number, and email address are clearly visible on the cover page. Your name should not be included in subsequent pages.
  6. All assignments must be submitted as a double spaced Word document via email to either:  vof1@aol.com  or focusedplans@gmail.com

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Essay Writing Contest Submission Guidelines, Rules and Regulations

  1. The entry fee of $25.00 is required per writing assignment. After June 24th the fee is $30.00 per writing assignment.
  2. Stay Focused and Voice of One Magazines reserves First Rights on all submissions. All other rights to the essay remain the property of the author.
  3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s ideas, without written permission or proper citation will result in disqualification.
  4. Excessive violence, sex, cursing, or vulgarity of all kinds, determined by the judges, will result in immediate disqualification and no refund.
  5. Entries may not have been previously published in any professional media, book, or website.
  6. To be eligible, entries must be from 1,300 to 1,500 words in length.
  7. Entries must be submitted in electronic format via email (entries must be typewritten in a Microsoft Word document ONLY)
  8. All entries must be double spaced, with numbered pages.
  9. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s name, full mailing address, telephone number, and email address. Every subsequent page must have the title and a page number, but NOT the author’s name (to facilitate fair judging).
  10. Also to help with fair judging each entry will be assigned a number and judges will never see the author’s name.
  11. Each entrant may submit up to two writings only. Each writing requires its own registration fee and must be on two different suggested assignments.
  12. All entries are final. No revisions are accepted. No refunds are given.
  13. The decisions of the independent judges are entirely their own, indisputable, and final decision(s).
  14. The first-place essay will be published in Stay Focused Magazine & Voice of One Magazine. The second-place essay will receive honorable mentions in the magazines and get published on a website.
  15. Winners will be individually notified of the results by email in late July, before the public announcement in August.

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