Christian writing in a digital age: blog competition announced
The Association of Christian Writers and the BIGBible project are launching a blog post writing competition on the theme of Christian Writing in a Digital Age ...
The Association of Christian Writers and the BIGBible project are launching a blog post writing competition on the theme of Christian Writing in a Digital Age. The competition will launch on 1 July.
Entrants should write a blog post reflecting on the theme, of no more than 450 words. Each post should include something to do with writing, something to do with faith and something to do with the digital age.
After 1 July, entries should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be uploaded to a specially designed blog page where readers can comment on the posts. Anonymity is not necessary and posts will display the name of the entrant (unless the entrant desires otherwise).
E-mails should contain the name and contact details of the entrant, plus the title of the blog post. Only one entry per person.
Deadline is 7 October 2013. Shortlisting and judging will take place after this date. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes and two runners up. Information regarding prizes to be confirmed.
Dr Bex Lewis, Research Fellow in Social Media and Online Learning, St John’s, Durham University, who is judging the competition, says:
"We live in an age where every aspect of our lives is profoundly affected by the digital, whether we are aware of it or not. As a Christian I want to see us living 24/7 for God, in the spaces in which we engage – online and offline, taking time to think about what that means, and sharing those insights with others. What does it mean to be a Christian writer in the digital age?"
Entrants can interpret the theme in whatever way they see fit; however ideas/inspiration could include things like:
• how we express ourselves in a Christ-like way online
• the opportunities and drawbacks in a digital world for spreading the good news by writing
• is there a ‘Christian ethic’ of writing – and how does this apply to blogging, tweeting, facebooking etc?
• what style of writing is tweeting and facebooking? How do we apply the writers’ craft to this – or do we?
• what makes a good writer? How is this different (if it is different) from writing prior to the digital age?
• what about ‘text’ and ‘tweet’ speak? Do we love it or hate it? Digital jargon – does it obscure our meaning?
• what is a ‘Christian’ writer? Is it someone who writes Christian content? Or someone who has a Christian faith and is also a writer? Do we have a responsibility to embody our faith in an age where little remains hidden?