We are pleased to announce the winner, runner-up, and honorable mentions for our Winter Writing Contest. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work.

Before we get to the winners, don’t miss our Spring Writing Contest. This time we want your best short stories on the theme “Buried.” Get busy with those stories of hidden treasure, lost cities, premature entombment, and emotional release. Of course we’ll include the usual fabulous prizes.

Buried Spring Writing Contest

Over the winter we asked for your best short stories on the theme “Compromised.” You guys delivered! We received so many fun submissions, thanks to everyone who took a risk and threw their story in the ring.

We read stories about spies, off-world fantasy soldiers, and even some Lawless fan fiction!

This contest was judged by Alli Prince. Hailing from Las Vegas, Alli is a full-time apprentice at The Company. Even though Alli was the mastermind behind Lawless, the fan fiction wasn’t enough to sway her decision. Learn more about her and grab a free devotional at her website, AlliPrince.com.

We are pleased to announce Kinsey Holt as the winner of our winter writing contest for her short story, “The Black Door.”

“The Black Door” rose above the competition to stand out as a clear winner in this quarter’s writing contest.

According to Alli Prince, “This was such a gripping story! It held my attention all the way through and the ending caught me completely by surprise! The author did a brilliant job of turning the word compromised on its head.”

Kinsey Holt is an author of middle-grade and YA fantasy. When not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, working on her blog shinelikelights.com or snuggling a dog.

Kinsey’s story will be published to The Pearl. She’ll also receive a $100 Amazon gift card to Amazon.

The Pearl is publishing new short stories, essays, and poetry ever week. Check it out at PearlMag.co, and subscribe so that you don’t miss “The Black Door” when it’s published soon.

Runner-Up

“Ashes Ashes” by S.D. Bullard has claimed our second-place prize.

Alli said that, “This story captured the mind’s eye with beautiful descriptions and intriguing characters. I loved how the nursey rhyme was incorporated to bring a new level of suspense to the story.”

S.D. has been writing since she was a child. It’s her hobby and passion and, maybe someday, something more. She lives in middle Tennessee with her two kids, three dogs, and plenty of chaos.

S.D. will receive $50 to spend in The Company Store. Check out some of the stuff that’s been added, including cool t-shirts, mugs, and more. You won’t want to miss our new “Write Your Way Out of the Dark” design.

Honorable Mention

One more story was a close contender for a prize and deserves special recognition!

“Expedition” by Ava Murbarger stood out among its peers. Excellent work, Ava!

Thank you for submitting

Thank you to everyone who took a risk and submitted to this contest. It takes guts to put yourself out there.

We hope that you’ll try again.

While our judge can’t give feedback on the submissions we received, we encourage you to bring your piece to our next writers workshop or procritique. This is an awesome opportunity to hear real, unbiased critique of your work so that you can improve it.

Alli Prince Christian Author

About the writing contest judge: Alli Prince

This contest was judged by Alli Prince, a second-year apprentice at The Company. Alli joined The Company from Las Vegas, Nevada, and is finishing up her two years with us at our campus in Cambridge, Ohio.

Alli is passionate about sharing joy, even in life’s most troublesome circumstances. Read her blog at AlliPrince.com and grab her free 5-day devotional here.

Lawless An Anthology of Short Stories Inspired by the Biblical Book of Judges

Alli published her first book, Lawless, in January of 2024, where it quickly rose to a #1 New Release on Amazon. Check it out here. Support Alli’s work by giving it a read and leaving an honest review.

You can also find Alli’s own short story featured on The Pearl here: “Nothingness” by Alli Prince.

Spring Writing Contest

Our Spring Writing Contest is now open. We’re looking for short stories on the theme “Buried.” Submissions close on July 1, 2024. Learn more about this contest here.

This contest will be judged by The Company’s first-year apprentices: R.J. Catlin, Vella Karman, and Noah Matthews. (If you’re interested in joining our esteemed crew of apprentices and alumni, we are now accepting applications for fall of 2024. Learn more and apply here.)

Buried Spring Writing Contest

Just like always, this contest is free to enter and you retain the rights to your work. Take advantage of this opportunity and submit today.

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