Write a short story on the theme “Compromised” and submit it for a chance to see your story published and win $100. It’s free to enter and open to everyone.
Unsurprisingly, “compromised” is a word that can’t decide what it wants to be.
It can mean to have found common ground to settle a dispute. “The politicians compromised.”
It can mean that something isn’t running optimally. “His immune system was compromised.”
It can mean to expose something something. “The special agent’s mission has been compromised.”
It can mean to act without honor or conviction. “His behavior is compromised, at best.”
This quarter, we want you to pick a meaning of “compromised” and explore it. Start with one of the sentences above, or take it a new direction and surprise us. Your story does not need to include the word “compromised,” but it should embody the idea.
This contest will be judged by Alli Prince to celebrate the release of Lawless, which will be available everywhere on January 18. Follow Alli on Instagram and join her newsletter here to stay in the loop on this release and all of her other adventures.
Lawless is a anthology of short stories inspired by the biblical book of Judges. If there’s a book in the Bible to teach us about compromise, Judges is it. Order your own copy of Lawless here.
All genres and styles of narrative writing (storytelling) are accepted for this contest, as long as it’s 1,500 words or less. It’s completely free to enter.
Your story can be funny, scary, heartwarming, compelling, or invigorating. You can interpret the theme as creatively as you want.
The deadline to enter is 11:59pm ET on April 1, 2024. We’ll announce the winners sometime in the month of April.
Fabulous Writing Contest Prizes
Member Bonus: Anyone can enter one story in this contest for free, but Agents and Operatives of The Company with an account in good standing can submit up to three stories.
How to enter this writing contest
Entering the contest is simple. If you don’t have an account with The Company yet, you can get one for free here. Simply register, log in, and then submit your story here. There’s some additional details on that page about file types, font sizes, and that sort of thing, so make sure you read all of the details on the submission page before you submit.
Writing Contest Theme: “Compromised” – all styles and genres are welcome.
Word Limit: 1,500 words or less.
Deadline: 11:59pm ET on April 1, 2024
Contest Prize: Winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and their story will be published by The Pearl. Runner-up will receive a $50 credit to The Company Store.
Who can participate? Anyone. There is no cost to enter. The writing contest is open to writers of all ages and experience levels. You may live anywhere in the world, but you must have a mailing address in the United States to receive physical prizes. If you’re an Agent or Operative level member of The Company, you can submit two additional stories for free.
Do I keep the rights to my work? Yes! We will only publish the contest winner to our website. All others retain complete control and copyrights of their work. Before The Pearl publishes the winner, they will ask for permission from the author. You can still win even if you’d prefer your story to not be published.
How do I enter? Register for a FREE account with The Company. Registration is easy. Once registered, log in to submit your work for this contest.
I need help! We’d love to help you. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t wait until the day of the deadline to ask for help. You can also ask questions on “The Company Secrets” Facebook group.
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About the contest judge: Alli Prince
Alli Prince has been creating stories since she could form words and has been writing since long before she learned about sentence structure and grammar (her editors think she could still learn a thing or two about grammar).
She’s been published to The Pearl and was the project manager for Lawless.
Alli is currently a full-time writing apprentice at The Company. She is learning everything she can about writing, editing, and marketing. She hopes to use these skills to influence the world of Christian literature and bring glory to God’s name.
Alli lives in Cambridge, Ohio but is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, where her family of twelve (yes, you read that right, twelve) cheer her on and encourage her to pursue the dreams God has placed on her heart.