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narrative. The article should focus on a remarkable true story atrick Henry College, Guildford Media Ltd., and reporter of God’s grace and intervention in the life of an individual / writer David Aikman announced this week the launch and/or their community. of The Aikman Opportunity Award for Young Christian WritA carefully selected panel of judges will short-list the apers. The goal of the award, say the organizers, is to identify, plicants and create a list of finalists. Upon notification, the fiencourage, and support a new generation of Christian nonficnalists will then be required to prepare a 2,000 - 4,000 word tion testimony writers. Such writers can inspire both Chrisproposal outlining their vision and offering verification of the tians and general readers with true stories of how God has authenticity of their story. worked transformatively in the lives of individuals and comDr. Aikman talks about the importance of why these books munities. need to be written Most writing contests award prizes for already completed “I was already a Christian by conviction, having been conmanuscripts. The Aikman Opportunity Award is different. It verted in my early twenties. But all of these experiences conpromises a top prize to the writer who can compose the most firmed for me the advantage and the wisdom of looking at the compelling and best-reported book proposal of the testimony world through Christian eyes. I have heard several Christian story he or she wants to write. The prize, of course, will protestimonies during my career — stories that were beautifully vide a solid financial base for the writer as the manuscript is crafted about people experiencing the faithfulness of God in a being assembled. great variety of circumstances. In the 1970s and 1980s, there • Grand prize: $20,000 plus potential for publication were many books of these testimonies being published. In • First runner-up award: $1,500 plus potential for recent years, though, the wellspring of good testimony writpublication ing has become drier. Yet, today it’s more impor• Second runner-up award: $1,500 plus tant than ever to tell people what God is doing in potential for publication the world. At the end of the day writing, especially • Third runner-up award: $1,500 plus potential FOR MORE Christian writing, is a God-given calling. In this for publication INFORMATION: writers’ contest I want to provide a spark of inspiTo qualify, contestants must reside in Canada, the ration and a real practical incentive for Christian USA, the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland writers to be started telling the most wonderful and be between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age. story we will ever hear: what God is doing in the All contestants must submit a 1,000 - 1,500 word lives of ordinary people.” article that leaves the reader yearning for a longer

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