Never before published Canadian writers who are Christian – including teenagers and young adults – can win prizes in the God Uses Ink Novice Writing Contest. First-prize winners will receive free registration to attend Write! Canada, a value of more than $400.  Entries must be received by January 15, 2011.

The topic for the 2011 contest is "Changing the World with Words," the theme for the next Write! Canada conference, to be held in Guelph, Ontario, from June 16 to 18, 2011.

Contest submissions may be in any writing format, including short stories, poems, scripts, and nonfiction articles. Independent judges who are experienced writers and editors will evaluate the entries and provide helpful feedback.

This contest is designed to encourage and recognize new and aspiring writers. For the purposes of this competition, "unpublished" means you have never been paid for something you have written.

Prizes are available in three age categories: teenagers (ages 14 to 19); young adults (ages 20 to 39); and adults (age 40 and over).

First prize: Registration for Write! Canada Christian Writers’ Conference, June 16 to 18, 2011, in Guelph, Ontario (value more than $400).
Second prize: A $100 gift certificate for The Word Guild, which may be used for conference registration, membership, etc.
Third prize: A $50 gift certificate for The Word Guild, which may be used for conference registration, membership, etc.

See all guidelines and online registration form on our website at


The Word Guild is an association of nearly 400 Canadian writers and editors who are Christian, and who are committed to encouraging one another and fostering standards of excellence in the art, craft, practice and ministry of writing. Its mandate is to impact the Canadian culture through the words of Canadian writers and editors with a Christian worldview.


Three categories of membership, renewed yearly, are available: professional writers and editors; associate members, who are beginning to put together a body of published work; and affiliate members, for those working in related fields such as publishers, booksellers, church librarians, etc. Membership benefits include discounted rates for Write! Canada. Membership is open to anyone who can affirm the Apostles’ Creed.


For more information about The Word Guild, go to


To learn more about the Write! Canada conference go to

For more information:
Contact: Julie-Anne Brace, Contest Administrator, The Word Guild