Body/Bodies of Christ Dialogue Writing Contest

 

Contest Submission Details

”What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19–20

Dialogue seeks submissions of poetry (up to 100 lines), short fiction (3500–6000 words), and personal voice (nonfiction, narrative essays, 250–3000 words) centered around our theme: Body/Bodies of Christ. Submissions for this theme can encompass any subject that wrestles with the confluence of body  and spirit, the temporal and the spiritual, the imperfect body and perfection embodied (cf. 1 Cor. 6:19–20; 12:12–13; Romans 12:1–5; 2 Cor. 12:7–10).

”For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:12–13

Submissions should fit Dialogue’s missions, and the work or author should have a Latter-day Saint/Mormon connection (past or present). Additionally, we will not accept any work that is racist, misogynist, ageist, trans/homophobic, etc. Submissions should be previously unpublished. 

“I beseech you I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:1–15

To submit, see our submission guidelines. In the author comments section of the submission form, write “For Dialogue Contest.” Submissions are due by November 1, 2021. Once submissions have been judged, three cash prizes (First Place, $125; Second Place, $75; Third Place, $50) for each genre (Poetry, Fiction, and Personal Voice). 

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7–10.

 

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