Guideposts' Writers Workshop Contest: Is This Your Year?

Enter the Guideposts Writers Workshop Contest and your dream could come true

Posted in , Apr 19, 2020

Guideposts editors and contest winners at the 2018 Writers Workshop

Have you always dreamed of becoming a writer? Do you have a great story to tell? Do you want to inspire millions of people? Now’s your chance! Send your story to our Writers Workshop Contest. Don’t forget to tell us about yourself and your life and writing experience. If you have a blog, vlog or social media following, let us know. The workshop class of 2018 (shown at top) is already contributing to our publications and website. Make this the year you join them!

Bestselling author Debbie Macomber; photo by Dane Gregory Meyer
    Debbie Macomber

The Writers Workshop is sponsored by best-selling author Debbie Macomber. “I’ve kept journals all my life,” she says. “Not long ago, I found a spiral notebook from 1977. On the first page, it said, ‘Since the greatest desire of my life is to become a writer, I’ll start with the pages of this journal.’ Putting those words down was the beginning.” Today there are some 200 million copies of Debbie’s books in print.

Due to obstacles presented by the coronavirus pandemic, this year's Guideposts Writers Workshop will conducted online, with all particpants taking part remotely via Zoom, but we’ll still be sharing everything we know about inspirational storytelling, and your story could be read by millions in one of our magazinesGuideposts, Angels on Earth, Mysterious Ways, All Creatures or Strength & Grace, among others—or on We’re looking for true first-person stories, not sermons or essays. It can be your own story or something you’ve written for someone else. We’ll pick 12 candidates for the workshop to be held October 19–23, 2020, taught by the editors of Guideposts.

2018 Guideposts workshopper Christy Johnson
Christy Johnson:It was like
The Voice for writers.
For five days,
editors poured a wealth of
technique and craft into us.
A once-in-a-lifetime
2018 Guideposts workshopper Edwina Perkins
Edwina Perkins: This is more
thana contest; it’s a calling.
Guideposts gives us writers
the tools and opportunities
we need to touch the lives of
others through stories.
2018 Guideposts workshopper Diane Stark
Diane Stark: The workshop
is the best thing that’s ever
happened in my writing career.
I learned so much, had a blast
and made great friends.
2018 Guideposts workshopper Cynthia Dobbs
Cynthia Dobbs: Who would
have thought a writer’s
workshop would become
the space for a spiritual
experience between strangers,
joined by faith and their
passion for writing?


HOW TO ENTER: Submit an original, unpublished true first-person story of up to 2,000 words, typewritten and double-spaced, about an experience that changed you. Show us how faith made a difference. Or you can ghostwrite for someone else. Make sure to tell us about yourself and your life experience. Submit your entry via our online form  or e-mail it to [email protected]. Winners will be notified by mid-August 2020. Please note: We acknowledge winning entries only. Writers who have attended previous Guideposts workshops are not eligible.

Please note: Because the coronavirus outbreak has forced us to work from home and we have not had access to postal mail, only online entries are being accepted this year. If you submitted an entry via postal mail, please resubmit online at the link above by the end of June.

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