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Illuminate the Dark Anthology Contest

We're hosting a Fantasy Anthology contest! Our theme is Light over Darkness or, in other words, HOPE! We want to see stories with strong Christian themes that echo hope in the darkest of places, that echo hope of the Light that conquers all darkness!

Scroll on down to learn more and to find some inspiration to get you started!

Illuminate the Dark Anthology Contest

“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8: 24-25 

Living in a dying and decaying world can cause us to quickly lose sight of that which we have been promised as children of the true and living God. When we focus on the trials and tribulations, the glories of our future hope fade away. We cease to live each moment of our lives in the vibrant hope of heaven. 

We are calling on authors and writers who hold to this hope in Christ, to paint us a tale of biblical hope, to remind us with their stories of what it means to hope, and what it looks like to hope for that which we do not see. 

Our fantasy anthology will be a compilation of both short stories and poetry, illustrating the necessity of living day to day in hope. 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: *ALL* proceeds from this anthology will go to supporting the Writers' Vision community. 


We're so glad you're considering submitting to our anthology of hope! Just a few rules before getting started. 


Parental consent, 

If you are 17 years of age or younger, you will need parental/guardian consent to enter your story. 



You must submit your poem by May 31st in order to be considered for our anthology. 


Your theme, of course, must be biblical hope! We encourage you to take a quick look at our anthology page, we've listed some of our favorite verses on hope, and would love for the stories we select to model the truth written in those words. 


Specific Genre? 

Yes! We are compiling a fantasy anthology! Full of hope and vibrance found in the worlds of slaying dragons, dethroning corrupt kings, and peaceful village festivals. 


Short Story or Epic?

Yes, you read that right! You have the option of submitting a short story or an epic poem! Only one submission is allowed per person, so please choose carefully. 


Word Count, 

We would like our stories to be between 2k and 5k words. Poems between 75 and 2k words, it's up to you.


Content Guideline, 

We are a Christian community, therefore we are setting a soft PG-13 rating to our anthology. This means no language, no smut, no fade to black, no closed door, and no excessive gore, but things such as high stakes, and sword fights are more than welcome.  We would like for you to portray a true and gritty story, yet faithful to bring light and hope to an already dying and decaying world.

If including magic it needs to stay within a Narnia/LotR level with no spell casting or witchcraft.


How do I format my story? 

Please upload a Google document, with a 12 point font, either Times New Roman or EB Garamond. Please include single spacing lines with indented paragraphs.

If you have any questions about the challenge shoot us an email at

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Verses for Inspiration

Old Testament 

Lamentations 3:21-23

Jeremiah 29:11

Psalm 18:30

Psalm 23:4

Psalm 27:14

Psalm 42:5

Psalm 42:11

Psalm 61:2

Psalm 62:5

Psalm 71:5

Psalm 107:9

Psalm 130:5

Psalm 147:11

Proverbs 13:12

Proverbs 19:18

Isaiah 12:2

Isaiah 40:31

Isaiah 57:10

Jeremiah 29:11

New Testament

Matthew 12:17-21

John 1:5

John 14:27

Romans 5:2-5

Romans 8:20-25

Romans 12:12

Romans 15:4

Romans 15:13

1 Corinthians 13:7

1 Corinthians 13:13

2 Corinthians 4:18

Ephesians 1:18

Colossians 1:27

1 Thessalonians 5:8

Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 6:19-20

Hebrews 11:1

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