A close-up of a woman's hands writing a story for the Writers Workshop Contest

The Guideposts Writers Workshop Contest

Enter the Guideposts Writers Workshop Contest and you could win a week with us, all expenses paid, in Rye, New York, at the Guideposts Writers Workshop. We’ll share everything we know about inspirational storytelling, and your story could be read by millions in one of our magazines—Guideposts, Angels on Earth, All Creatures or Mysterious Ways. 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 held October 8–12, 2018, taught by the editors of Guideposts.

Guideposts editors choose the participants based on their entries in our inspirational writing contest. We hate calling it a contest because it implies losers and winners and almost everyone who enters has something important and brave and honest to say in their story.

But we can’t award everyone an all-expenses paid trip to our week-long writing boot camp in Rye, New York, in an old mansion on the Long Island Sound. So we whittle the thousands of entrants down to a dozen or so (by the way, every new editor hired at Guideposts is required to go through the workshop), then we spend the week working hard on teaching and learning the art of powerful, first-person, inspirational storytelling. Most attendees say the experience changed their lives.

HOW TO ENTER: Submit an original, unpublished true first-person story of 2,000 words or fewer, typewritten and double-spaced, about an experience that changed your life. Show us how faith made a difference. Or you can ghostwrite for someone else. It’s required that you also include a cover letter that tells us about yourself and your life experience. Send your entry and cover letter by June 10, 2018, to Guideposts Writers Workshop, 110 William Street, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038 or submit the story and cover letter via our online submission form or, if you prefer, you can e-mail the letter and story to [email protected]. Winners will be notified by mid-August 2018. Please note: We acknowledge winning entries only. Writers who have attended previous Guideposts workshops are not eligible.

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