Writing Opportunity: Chicken Soup for the Soul, Devotional for Wives

Please share your true stories written in the first person of no more than 500 words, along with an applicable Bible verse (from the NIV version of the Bible) and a 2 – 3 sentence prayer. If you have already submitted a story to the Devotional Stories for Wives database, please do not submit it again as CSFTS has already received it.

Stories should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or any other major publications.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

  • Improving communication
  • Rising above the irritating habits
  • Praying for your husband
  • Military wives
  • Money problems
  • Uniting family traditions or religious beliefs
  • Aging together
  • Health issues and concerns
  • Making your marriage a priority
  • Inviting God into your marriage
  • Rekindling love

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $100 and 10 free copies of the book (valued over $100). You will retain the copyright for your story as well as the right to resell it.

To submit your story, please visit http://bit.ly/CSFTS_Submit

The deadline for story and poem submissions is February 28, 2013.


November Meeting

At this month’s meeting, which will be the 3rd week of November on the 15th, we’ve decided to have a potluck meal and simply enjoy a time of fellowship. Please bring something to share and also something to read to the group if you like. Look forward to seeing you! Feel free to invite friends, too.

Next Meeting Date:
November 15, 2012

St. Andrews United Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Family Center-Room 305
Brandon, FL 33511

7:00PM – 9:00 PM


We hope you will also visit and like our new Facebook page and share with friends. This is the place to comment and post good news about your writing accomplishments or encourage other BCW members.


October Meeting Reminder

At this month’s meeting, Tim Barrios of Impact Design will present some great information about Social Media (and Facebook) marketing ideas for your book or business. You won’t want to miss this one. A Q & A session will follow and we’ll critique work as time allows.
Next Meeting Date:October 25, 2012

Where: St. Andrews United Methodist Church
3315 Bryan Road
Family Center-Room 305
Brandon, FL 33511
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00 PM

Christian Books for Bethel Bible College in Africa

Here’s your opportunity to help Phillip and Waneda Brownlow accomplish their goal to help Christian teachers in Africa in their quest for more knowledge of God. Waneda is a missionary from Plant City who lives now in Lusaka in Africa. She teaches Christian teachers to teach and train children

If you have any books that will help a Bible school library, this is a perfect opportunity to send them. If you want to buy books for the library, that would also be much appreciated. Children’s books are also welcome, however, the main focus at this point is books for ministerial students.

In order to make this project helpful for the Bible School, we ask that for every book you send, you donate $1.00 to help cover the cost of shipping.

The window of opportunity is short, so do not delay. The books must received in Africa on or before October 31.

Please invite your friends and family to get involved with this effort by donating their books (plus $1 for each to cover shipping).

Feel free to contact BCW President Cheryl Johnston at president@brandonchristianwriters.com or 813-763-3154 if you need assistance with book pickups or delivery.

Thank you so very much!!

Women of Faith Writing Contest

Entry is open for the 2012 Women of Faith Writing Contest, and it’s time for you to submit your manuscript for a chance at being published by WestBow Press.

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.

View official contest rules for more prizes and information.