There were so many fantastic short stories submitted to our Fall Writing Contest. Thank you to every writer that submitted a story. It takes guts to put your work out there, and we admire each and every one of you.

True Family Stories Fall Writing Contest

There can only be one winner. But you can still win next time! We’ll wait until after the holidays to announce the winter contest, so be sure you’re subscribed to the guild newsletter so that you don’t miss it. Subscribe here.

All of the stories submitted to this contest were judged blind, which means that the judges did not know the name of the author. It’s important to us to run a fair contest without favoritism. Winning stories were chosen only due to the merits of the writing.

The theme for our fall contest was “True Family Stories.” This particular contest was open to both short stories and essays, as long as the work embedded a true family story.

This contest was judged by Eliza June Sapphire, Melissa Pauquette, and Brad Pauquette.

Fall Writing Contest Grand Prize Winner

KE Kaseman
K.E. Keseman

K.E. Keseman is our official grand prize winner for her story titled, “American Seuel”! Our team of judges found her story stood out from the competition. In just a couple of pages, she crafted a compelling narrative.

Look for it on The Pearl soon. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you’re alerted when new fiction is released.

K. E. Keseman is a student writer living in the Pacific Northwest. She has been penning poetry and fiction from a young age and hopes that her passion will always glorify God. Besides writing, she loves reading, playing music, and gathering knowledge about the world around her.

In addition to having her story published by The Pearl, K.E. has received a $100 Amazon gift card.

Fall Writing Contest Runner-Up

Sarah Elizabeth claims the runner-up prize for her essay, “The Secret Sweetness of Apple Pie.” Sarah’s essay was filled with truth and humor.

Sarah Elizabeth is an emerging writer in the East Tennessee mountains. When not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her kids, their dog, God and indulging in copious amounts of coffee. Currently, Sarah Elizabeth is a contributing writer for the StoryTown Radio Show and Podcast. You can connect with her on Facebook at and on Instagram at s_elizabeth_31.

As the runner-up, Sarah will receive the item of her choice from the School of Kingdom Writers store (check it out here). Sarah has chosen our “Writers Change the World” t-shirt.

Fall Writing Contest Honorable Mention

One other story rose to the top of our stack of finalists. We’d like to formally recognize “The Bee Whisperer” by Laura Holt.

Congratulations on writing a story of notable quality! We hope that you’ll submit again to our future contests!

Thank you to our judges!

This contest was judged by Eliza June Sapphire, Melissa Pauquette, and Brad Pauquette. Thank you to each of you for your time and consideration!

Every submission was carefully considered. We appreciate your efforts!

Thank you to all who submitted!

It takes real courage to submit your work to a contest. We applaud every writer who took a risk and entered this contest. Please keep writing and submit again!

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Thank you again to everyone who participated in this contest! We hope you had fun and wrote a story or essay that you’re proud of.

The Pearl now open for submissions

You don’t have to win a contest to see your work published by The Pearl. Learn more about submitting here, and consider sending them your most exceptional work today.

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