Your challenge is to write a piece on the theme Radicalized. This month you can write anything you want—short story (fiction or creative non-fiction), essay, poem.

How many Americans are Christians? They acknowledge the divinity of Jesus and that he’s their source of salvation. But a minority of those Christians are ready to give up everything for their faith.

For some, Jesus becomes everything. We decide that there is nothing of higher value.

What makes us radicalize? What makes us decide that nothing else matters?

How did you get there? If you’re not there, what’s stopping you? Tell us about it. Let’s get real.

In America, we usually here the word “radicalized” in reference to Islamic jihadists. Terrorists give up their lives, their families, their ethics—everything—for the cause.

To be radicalized for Jesus will never lead us to violence. But are we called to give up any less? Did Jesus not tell us that we’ll give up our very selves to follow Him?

So tell us a story about yourself, or make up a story about someone else. Write an essay or a poem. Why do some people radicalize for Jesus? Why do others not? Is this line of thinking totally out of bounds? Show us your answer on the page.

The winner of this month’s writing contest will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and be published to the School of Kingdom Writers website.

You may interpret this theme and apply it as creatively as you want. All genres and writing styles are welcome.

We’ll be looking at the quality of your piece as whole.

Your work may be up to 3,500 words.

Give it a shot! You have nothing to lose.

How do I enter? (***New!***) Register for an account at Registration is free and easy. Once registered, login to submit your work for this contest. All submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm ET on June 30, 2021.

Please include your contact information in your email. Please type your manuscript in a legible font (like arial, Times New Roman, etc.). The maximum word count is 3,500 words.

Who can participate? Anyone. The 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.

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 publishing the winner, we will ask for permission from the author.

Who will judge? The SOKW team will select a winner by July 15, 2021.

What do you win? The winner will receive bragging rights, recognition for their accomplishment, and a  $100 Amazon gift card.

Runner-up will receive recognition and one item of their choice from the SOKW store. (Must reside in the United States)

When is the deadline? 11:59pm ET on June 30, 2021.

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