We want to hear stories that emerge from the nexus of faith, vocation, and culture. We seek stories that serve as evidences of “common grace for the common good,” and that, as a kind of theological memoir, illustrate how “faith shapes vocation shapes culture.” Introduce us to a person — you or someone you know personally — who shows us how their faith nourishes their vocation — whatever it may be: missionary or master-craftsman; housekeeper or hotel manager; butcher, baker, trucker or trader — and the way they touch and influence the culture around them. Or introduce readers to an institution that seeks creative ways to contribute to the common good, whether they make candy or make peace. (We recommend perusing our year of blog posts for examples of writing that we value and stories that we prize.)
Essays should be no longer than 1500 words, in English or translated into English, and submitted in an attached Word document, along with a short biographical sketch (2 – 3 sentences). Essays must be submitted by Friday, October 31, 2014, and the winning essays — one domestic and one international winner, and one domestic and one international runner-up — will be announced and published the week of Monday, November 24, the week before Advent. Winners in each category will receive an $100 reward and be featured on our website and through our social media networks. First runner-up in each category will receive a $50 reward, and also be featured on our website later that week.
Submissions should be emailed to Adam Joyce, [email protected].