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ACW Journalism Competition

ACW run three competitions per year, which cover every aspect of writing. From short stories, to poetry, historical to crime and non fiction competitions such as Journalism, there is something for every member to get their teeth into.

The important thing is topicality.  You might like to write an article relating to a ‘story’ in the national or local news at the time you are writing it.  Alternatively, to explore popular trends (e.g. retirees doing long distance travelling) or give us your take on popular issues (e.g. how to persuade your teenager to do exam revision).  In this competition, we are not necessarily looking for a Christian slant, but please bear it in mind that we cannot consider articles on sport or articles for specialist journals, professional or trade (B2B) publications.  Please double-check and treble-check all information contained in your article to ensure that it is accurate.  We know you take research very seriously. Word Count 1000 words.

Journalists always take an angle on a story, which reflects the newspaper or magazine for which it is pitched and its readers.  We expect that you will do so too.  Therefore, we are asking you to download the cover sheet below and use it to tell us about the periodical which, you hope, would carry your article.

Our judge for this competition is Sheila Johnson (JournoJohnson), a freelance journalist, who has worked regularly for CPO’s Inspire magazine and the Good News newspaper.  Sheila has also self-published ‘Alpha Male’ (a novella) and will shortly be launching a full-length historical novel ‘Waireka’.  Sheila is offering to do short critiques upon request.

Entry to the ACW Journalism Competition is free to ACW members.  For non-members, the fee is £3 for one entry and £5 for two entries.  Payment should be made through PayPal – see PayPal link below.  Critiques, for members and non-members alike, cost £7 each.  Please tell us on your cover sheet if you require a critique.  All entries must be received by the Competitions Manager at by 31 August 2018.  Judging will be completed by the end of September 2018.  The winning entry will be announced at the ACW Writers’ Day and AGM in London in October 2018.


First Prize – £25 Book Token plus publication in Christian Writer Magazine

Second Prize – £10 Book Token

Please email your competition entries to –

Download the Cover Sheet

August 2018 writers competition


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