2017 Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Gem Writing Contest:

Short Story:
1st Place—Benjamin Braddock
2nd Place—Christine Paravate
3rd Place—Michele M. Shearer
Honorable Mention—Heidi Looney

1st Place—Julie Dibble
2nd Place—Virginia S. Wilson
3rd Place—Saunya King

Children’s Coloring Contest:
1st Place—Daniel Sanchez, Jr.
2nd Place—Samuel Sanchez


The Gem Writing Contest

The Gem Writing Contest is an annual event open to all who attend Churches of God, General Conference churches! Submissions are welcome from all ages, and we hope that many from your church will choose to participate in this opportunity to share through the gift of writing what God is doing in their lives.

Two writing categories have been established, short stories and poetry, in three age groups, children, youth, and adults, as well as an artwork category for children through age 7.  Original artwork is encouraged or you can find coloring pages to print out here: http://www.coloring-page.com/bible.html or you may use a resource of your choice. Just let us know where you got your artwork from so that we can give credit to the appropriate provider. Please review the guidelines for your category and submit your manuscript by June 30, 2017. First, second, and third place cash prizes will be offered to the top candidates in each category.

Entries will be accepted only through email. The Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017.

Start putting ink to paper and begin your writing journey! We look forward to your submission!


Rachel Foreman, Editor

2017 Gem Writing Contest Rules