Christian Novel Contest Extends its Deadline

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Athanatos Christian Ministry's annual Christian novel contest has extended its deadline by three days to give writers full advantage of the extended weekend to polish up their entries.

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A holiday weekend is a fine time for many of them to complete their stories, so we thought it wouldn't hurt us to extend the contest deadline by a few days.

Athanatos Christian Ministries is a Christian apologetics ministry with a unique emphasis: it aims to defend and promote the Christian faith through the arts instead of only arguments. To that end, it offers a variety of writing contests. These contests encourage Christian authors to think intentionally about their beliefs when they write and reward the best writers with cash awards, exposure, and in some cases, publishing deals.

ACM's latest novel contest was due to end on September 1st, 2012, but in light of the fact that this fell on a 'three-day weekend' encompassing the Labor Day holiday, the deadline was moved to 12 p.m. on September 4th, 2012. This will give authors additional time to perfect their manuscript before submitting.

ACM's Executive Director, Anthony Horvath, says, "We know our authors well. One thing we know is that they like to work to the very last minute to make their story the best that it can be. We also know that many of them have full-time jobs and have to work on their submissions in their spare time. A holiday weekend is a fine time for many of them to complete their stories, so we thought it wouldn't hurt us to extend the contest deadline by a few days."

Horvath explains that the deadline can't be pushed back too far because their short story and poetry contests are set to begin just as soon as the novel contest stops taking entries.

"We stagger our contests in order to allow our judges sufficient time to provide quality analysis of the works submitted. If we waited too long, that would cut into the time our judges need to evaluate short story and poetry entries," Horvath says.

Three out of the four winners of ACM's Christian Novel Contest have been extended publishing offers, and Horvath expects it is very possible that this will be the case for the 2013 contest, as well.

Shirley Tucker won the novel contest in 2011 with her story, "Diamonds in the Dust." It was published in December of 2011. Her webpage is http://www.diamondsinthedust.net

Derek Elkins and Chris Morrow won the 2012 contest and ACM subsequently offered them publishing deals, too. Their books are expected out within the next six to twelve months.

To learn more about ACM's contest or submit an entry in their 2013 novel contest, visit their webpage at http://christianwritingcontest.com.

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