It takes guts to submit your work to a contest. We appreciate every story that we received for our May, “A House Divided”, short story contest. There were so many great stories, and we enjoyed reading them.

While you’re here, don’t miss our June writing contest. We’re looking for pieces on the theme “Radicalized.” This month, you can submit any genre or format you want—short stories, essays, poetry, creative non-fiction…it’s all fair game. Get the details and submit here. And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter (click here), so that you don’t miss any future opportunities.

The theme for May’s contest was “A House Divided.” We asked for short stories that related to the theme, and encouraged writers to apply it liberally. The “house” could be literal, metaphorical, internal, or external. Our evaluator looked at the quality of the prose, the organization of the story, the creativity, and how well the submission fit the theme.

The winner of May’s writing contest is Joe Graves for his short story, “The House.”

Joe took the theme literally with his sci-fi story, reminiscent at times of Fahrenheit 451. In 3,500 words, Joe created a new near-future world, captured an important element of the human experience, and crafted a fun and thought-provoking short story. Well done, Joe!

We’ll post “The House” to our website soon so that you can read the full story.

Joe has won a $100 Amazon gift card, and we’ll feature his short story and biography on our website and podcast soon.

The runner-up is Katie Pozzuoli for her story titled “Jackpot.” Katie’s gut-wrenching story expertly developed a vulnerable character and drew us into her writing.

Great story, Katie! You’ve won the item of your choice from the School of Kingdom Writers Bonfire store.

HONORABLE MENTION: We’d also like to mention the work of Heidi Durig Heiby. Her short story, “Stay,” was well-written, engaging, and emotionally-powerful.

Thank you to all who entered this writing contest. It was a tremendous pool of submissions. We hope that you’ll submit again this month.

Take a moment right now to check out June’s contest. The topic is “Radicalized.” Copy the link and share it with the writers in your life.

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