Announcing winners of the MAI LittWorld 2018 writing contest

MAI is pleased to announce the winners of the LittWorld 2018 Writing Contest. Participants were invited to submit an original piece of writing that helps readers see the truth or power of one Scripture verse or passage in a fresh way. They used their choice of genre—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, song, prayer and more. We were delighted to receive more than 152 submissions from 91 writers in at least 22 countries.

First place prize of $200 is awarded to Christina Jones of the US for her poem, “Garden Tomb Roses.” Judges commented, “This piece has a strong spiritual, emotional and intellectual impact, and is very creative and well-structured. It deals with a deep emotional problem that many readers can identify with. A fresh view on God’s life-changing, resurrection power.”

Second place of $150 goes to E.S. Huberty of the US for her article, “Gold.”  Judges remarked, “A powerful and very personal look at depression, artfully written without giving usual pat answers,” and “I loved what the author learned about being refined by God.”

Third place of $100 is awarded to Joshua Fitzhugh of Ireland for the poem, “Zacchaeus.” Judges commented, “Short, evocative and impactful piece. Assured writing, excellent command of language,” and “There is a lot of hidden passion for God that’s contagious.”

Our distinguished team of international judges for the writing contest included: Joan Campbell, the South African author of the fantasy trilogy The Poison Tree Path Chronicles and a writing mentor; Svetlana Karoleva, a veteran editor and translator at Mission Possible Bulgaria; and Aaron Lee, a prize-winning poet of Singapore who works for a technology startup in artificial intelligence.

“We thank each writer who participated in the contest,” MAI President John Maust said.  “You displayed creativity and power in bringing alive the truths of Scripture, demonstrating the LittWorld 2018 theme, ‘The Word Made Fresh.’”