Short Story Contest

Trainwreck Books is working with Gideon's Fleece Online Magazine to sponsor their first writing contest.

Gideon's Fleece Online Magazine was created to showcase creative short stories with a Christian influence. Not all Christian stories are preachy, and they don't necessary have to contain a focus on God or Jesus. Yet they do have some sort of Christian quality as the center focus of the story.

Examples of Christian qualities can be: Servanthood; Humility; Compassion; and Patience.

For this contest we are going with the quality of Forgiveness.

Grace should be an unwavering quality by any follower of Christ. While the rest of the world may show resentment and hold grudges, a legitimate Christian should always show grace and forgiveness. (Ephesians 4:32)


Shortlist Winners: Selected shortlist winning stories will be published in an anthology novel published by Trainwreck Books. Number of shortlist winners will be determined by the number of entries received. Estimated publication date is August 2017.

Grand Prize Winner: The winning entry will be included in the anthology and have their name on the cover of the book

  • Submitted stories should be fiction (any genre: action; drama; horror; sci-fi; etc.), no poetry or non-fiction or artwork.
  • Stories should be at least 500 words and a maximum of 2000 words. Stories outside this requirement will be disqualified from our contest, but can still be published on our website.
  • Please send original, unpublished (print or electronic) work.
  • New and established writers are welcome.
  • No graphic violence or porn.
  • Please email stories to Subject: Forgiveness Writing Contest
  • Be sure to attach your story as a .doc file.
  • One submission per writer.
  • Include a short bio in the body of the email.
  • Authors whose submissions are accepted will retain all rights to their work after publication.
  • Submissions from outside the United States are welcome.
  • Stories must be in English.
Deadline is March 31st.  Winner should be notified by May 1st.

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