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A Call to Pens

October 14th, 2010

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722

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This fall, Patrick Henry College is pleased to announce the continuation of A Call to Pens, a national short story competition hosted by the college and now entering its third year. The contest is open to students ages twelve to eighteen, who will submit works of original fiction in accordance with the guidelines of two separate age divisions. Our hope is to encourage young writers to cultivate their artistic skills, learn to effectively speak to the culture, and develop a greater appreciation for the marriage of truth and beauty in Jesus Christ.

New this year is the Call to Pens blog. In 1 Corinthians 10:31, the apostle Paul exhorts us to “do everything for the glory of God,” whether “you eat or drink or whatever you do.” Creativity is a gift from God, one of those essential characteristics that make us human and can have an immense impact on the way people think and feel. If we wish to glorify God and influence the culture by writing fiction, whether as a hobby or as a life-long career, we need to study our craft and think wisely about our creative choices. The purpose of the blog is to give practical advice about writing, but also to share valuable resources, encourage interaction between fellow writers, and provoke discussion about what it means to be a Christian writer.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four contestants in each division; all proceeds from the contest will be donated to Patrick Henry College’s Annual Scholarship Fund. The entry deadline is December 31st, 2010. Visit www.phc.edu/acalltopens.php for more information about prizes, rules and guidelines, and other important details. Please contact Crista Richey at shortstory@phc.edu if you have any questions.