Writing Contest Details
Beacon Lights is excited to announce that we will be sponsoring a summer writing contest! This contest is for anyone entering seventh grade or older during the 2021-22 school yearand will include monetary prizes for the top FIVE entries in each of the four age groups.
The four categories and the writing prompts for each category are as follows:
Grades 7-9: Ministers of the Word — Give a brief history of the life & service of a Reformed pastor of your choice who has retired or gone to glory. Write 600-800 words.
Grades 10-12: A Most Elegant Book — Explore an aspect of creation that you find especially beautiful or interesting. Describe how that aspect leads you and Christians in general to a greater knowledge of the Creator. Write 800-1000 words.
Post-high, age 18-22: Cults and Other Religions — Give a summary and description of a cult or other non-Christian religion of your choice, focusing on the errors of the group and giving a biblical defense against the errors. Write 1000-1500 words.
Post-high, age 23+: Nations, Tribes, and Tongues — Describe the history of the spread of Christianity in another country than the United States. If applicable, include an explanation of Reformed church work in the region, and explore the Christian calling to witness to all nations, tribes, and tongues. Write 1000-1500 words.
Each article must be typed in WORD or Google Doc format. Submit all completed entries with the subject line “Writing Contest” to firstname.lastname@example.org. No article previously published in Beacon Lights or another periodical may be submitted. Each article will be judged on mechanics, quality of writing, adherence to the topic, and biblical accuracy. The deadline for all articles is August 1, 2021.
What are the prizes, you ask? See below for details! Contact a Beacon Lights staff member with any questions you might have…and have fun writing! We look forward to reading all of your entries!
Grades 7-9 Prizes: 1st place, $200. 2nd place, $150. 3rd place, $100. 4th place, $100. 5th place, $50.
Grades 10-12 Prizes: 1st place, $250. 2nd place, $200. 3rd place, $150. 4th place, $100. 5th place, $50.
Post-high, 18-22 Prizes: 1st place, $300. 2nd place, $250. 3rd place, $200. 4th place, $100. 5th place, $50.
Post-high, 23+ Prizes: 1st place, $400. 2nd place, $300. 3rd place, $200. 4th place, $100. 5th place, $50.
All monetary prizes will be handed out in the form of prepaid gift cards. Articles will be judged anonymously, and authors agree that all submitted articles may be published in a future issue of the Beacon Lights.