2012 Writing Contest

2012 Writting ContestThis Year’s Winner Could be You

Last year Amy Sorrells heard about the 2011 Writing Contest at a Women of Faith event and decided to send in her manuscript. Her story not only won the contest, it was promptly signed by publisher David C. Cook. (It’s currently scheduled for publication in late 2013/early 2014.) In the video below Amy tells the story behind her book—and what it was like to get the call telling her she’d won.

The 2012 Women of Faith Writing Contest is now accepting entries!

Unpublished manuscripts of full-length fiction or nonfiction in any genre are welcome as entries. Entry is free and the submission period begins Oct. 15, 2012. The deadline to submit an entry for the contest is 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 31, 2013.

One Grand Prize winner will receive: FREE Bookstore Advantage publishing package courtesy of WestBow Press, including the option of having your book picked up by Thomas Nelson. Additional prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners and top 30 finalists.


 After all, every inspirational author had to start somewhere!


  1. 2 years ago
    Stacey Tuley says

    Wow! Thank you for sharing your story! I facilitate a women’s Christ centered 12 step group called Celebrate Recovery in my hometown of Corpus Christi, TX and I will recommend your book to women in our group who would benefit from it. I would love to read it myself! God bless you! You are such an inspiration to me! I am an RN as well.
    God put it on my heart to finish writing what I started on back in 2004 when my baby died. When I attended Women of Faith this fall, I reaccepted the call. Now I found out about this writing opportunity! I better get busy! May God bless all of you who have a message to write!

  2. 2 years ago
    Donnalynn Davis says

    I’ve been holding my book back for four years, thinking it would go no further that my own PC. Maybe I’ll rethink that. I loved hearing you speak about your story and your success, I felt encouraged by it. THANKS so very much!

  3. 2 years ago
    Traci says

    What an inspiration. Just what I needed to hear.

  4. 2 years ago
    Kathryn says

    I loved hearing your heart. Congratulations and praise God! I’m excited. Thank you for the impetus and encouragement. I will never never never quit. I pray God’s richest blessings on you and all the other aspiring writers out there who want to give HIM all the glory!

  5. Amy is an inspiration to all of us; no matter what gender we are or what age we are!! You go, girl!!!

  6. Kudos to you, Amy! Well done!!!!

  7. 2 years ago
    Sherrill Bates says

    I just attended my first Women of Faith in Denver, CO, and I immediatly signed up to recieve e-mail. Amy yours is the first video I have watched, I cannot believe the similarities in our lifes.
    I too am an RN, and I am too a victim of incest from ~5 to age 16 by my father, my older brother had sexually molested me when I was in 5th grade.
    I experience the brokeness you speak about…..so much is behind that brokeness, Jesus has set me free.
    After watching your video….and listening to your advice on writing a book/novel….it was like “okay I hear you Lord” He has placed calling in my life.
    God Bless you
    Your Sister in Christ

  8. 2 years ago
    Tami Tipton-Fletcher says

    No novellas yet, just blogs and entries on Facebook and for my own personal thoughts and reflections … hopefully for my children to one day find and re-read as a remembrance piece of my soul. However, what a beautiful extension to those with time to use their creative minds and the grace of the Holy Spirit. I pray you offer the submissions for us to enjoy in some format. Thank you again for this opportunity. Blessed be. ~Tami

  9. 2 years ago
    Rebecca Sanchez says

    WOW how inspiring, i have been chiping at something for the past 3 years something i want to leave my kids and grand kids its about my family and recieving the Lord and all the changes we have made and have been going thru. This story makes me want to speed it up. One Day
    God Bless You

  10. Thank you, Women of Faith, Westbow, and David C. Cook! And to all your blog readers: listen to the story in your heart. Tell it. And never give up!

  11. 2 years ago
    Melissa Matthews says

    JUST the inspiration I needed to make the urgency of my hearts cry be heard for the purpose of the Gospel! For two to three years now I have been aching to write my story and place it in the hands of someone who desperately needs to see God’s grace. Looks like its time to gather my disheveled thoughts and make it happen. O I can taste the freedom already of getting it down on paper. God is good!