This blog is maintained on behalf of the Amy Foundation for the purpose of tracking the best Christian journalism we find on the Web. Our posts regularly identify those news articles or opinions in the mainstream media that represent good faith-based writing and example them for other Christian journalists.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Amy Writing Awards Criteria

It may be helpful to post the Amy Writing Award criteria on our blog for easy reference (also found at the Amy Foundation website):

(Awarded Annually)
  • $10,000First Prize
  • $5,000 second prize
  • $4,000 third prize
  • $3,000 fourth prize
  • $2,000 fifth prize
  • Ten prizes of $1,000 each
The Amy Foundation Writing Awards program is designed to recognize creative, skillful writing that presents in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical position on issues affecting the world today.
To be eligible, submitted articles must be published in a secular, non-religious publication and must be reinforced with at least one passage of scripture.
  • To be eligible, the article must have been published in a mainstream, non-religious publication, as determined by the Awards Panel.
  • To be eligible, the article must contain at least one passage of scripture.
  • The article must have been published between January 1 and December 31 of the current calendar year.
  • Books, poetry, fiction, manuscripts and/or online materials are not accepted.


  • God's word must be quoted directly from the Bible.
  • Such quotations must be acknowledged as coming from the Bible.
  • Biblical quotations must be taken from an accepted and popular edition of the Bible, such as the New International Version, The Living Bible, the King James, or the Revised Standard Version.
  • The article must present the biblical position on an issue as relevant, timely and deserving of thoughtful consideration.
  • Examples of issues for consideration, but not limited to these, are family life, divorce, value trends, media and entertainment character, pornography, political morality, U.S. National interests, abortion, religion and addiction to drugs and alcohol. The biblical impact on individual character and outlook are also appropriate issues.
  • The need for obedience through biblical truth should be evident


In addition to content, qualified articles will be judged on the following primary considerations:

  • Persuasive power of the article.
  • Author's skill in relating God's word to current interest issues.
  • Author's sensitivity in presenting a biblical response to the intensified search for meaning in life.
  • Decisions by the Judges and Awards Panel will be final.


  • The entry must be in the form of the actual full page(s) or tear sheet(s) containing the publication name and date.
  • The number of qualified entries that may be submitted by a single author is limited to ten.
  • All entries must be postmarked on or before January 31 of the following year.
  • Entries cannot be returned.
  • Articles may be submitted to: The Amy Foundation Writing Awards, P. O. Box 16091, Lansing, MI 48901-6091. Winners are notified by May 1.


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