Christian Poetry Contest Takes Entry in 2013 Contest

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Poet Therese Eby is awarded the winner of Athanatos Christian Ministry's third annual poetry contest for her poem, "Herodias." Due to the continuing growth of their poetry contest, ACM is adding two cash awards for their 2013 contest.

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We send our anthology out to every person who entered that year's contest. This allows them to see what won and consider how they might be able to grow their own craft. It is a service that I am not aware of any other writing contest offering.

Athanatos Christian Ministries hosts a series of Christian writing contests, including one for poets. ACM's Christian poetry contest is increasingly becoming one of its larger events. When it first started three years ago, it only issued three awards. Last year it added two more awards and if the number of entries increases the way it has, two more may be added next year.

The winners of the 2012 Contest were recently released, with Therese Eby taking the grand prize, the Gerard Manley Hopkins, for her poem, "Herodias."

Eby's poem, along with all of the other winning poetry entries will be included with the 2012 Christian Short Story contest in an anthology that will be available in October of 2012.

Anthony Horvath, the Executive Director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, is particularly enthusiastic about their winners' anthology distributed each year. He says, "Our anthology only prints the poems and stories of those who won a cash award in our contest, but then we send our anthology out to every person who entered that year's contest. This allows them to see what won and consider how they might be able to grow their own craft. It is a service that I am not aware of any other writing contest offering."

ACM's poetry contest is heading into its fourth year but it is the fifth year of their short story contest. Both contests begin taking entries on September 5th, 2012. The deadline for entries is March 18th, 2013. Winners will be announced in the summer of 2013.

Besides the cash awards and being published in the contest anthology, winners are published in ACM's literary apologetics magazine and sometimes invited to present at ACM's online writing conference.

"We don't just award winners," Horvath says, "We try to encourage them and even propel them to new heights."

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