Posted on Mar 17 2013 in General by admin
Deadline is May 1, 2013. The grand prize is $20,000, with the possibility of publication. First, second, and third runners up will each win $1,500, also with the potential for publication.
The Aikman Opportunity Award for Young Christian Writers (sponsored by Patrick Henry College, Guildford Media Ltd., and reporter/writer Dr. David Aikman) is accepting article submissions until May 1. Each article submitted should be 1000 to 1500 words in length and be “…a complete story in itself, one that might be found in a magazine or other publication, while still leaving the reader wanting a fuller narrative.” Finalists will be required to prepare a 2,000-4,000 word proposal this summer outlining their vision and offering verification of the authenticity of their story. Winners will be announced in October.
Organizers say the goal of the award is to “identify, encourage, and support a new generation of Christian writers to tell the true stories of how God has worked” to transform the lives of individuals and communities. Dr. Aikman explains that this award is not for the usual already completed work, rather it seeks to attract the writer “who can compose the most compelling and best-reported article and (ultimately) a book proposal of the Christian nonfiction story he or she wants to write.” He added, “The prize, of course, will provide a solid financial base for the writer as the manuscript is being assembled.”
For general information see the award website. To receive regular updates, follow The Aikman Opportunity Award group on Facebook or on Twitter @aikmanaward.
The website says, “Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums in all 50 states that offers free admission to active military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.”
See the website for an interactive map that will help you identify participating museums and the conditions for each location (some offer free admission or discounts during other times of the year). If you are not affiliated with the military, please spread the word to those who can take advantage of the program.