Banner Young Adults Writing Contest

The Banner is pleased to sponsor a writing contest on the topic, “Christian Love in Divisive Times.” We’ll publish the top two winning articles in print and the top three online, plus award cash prizes of $1,000 USD (first prize), $500 USD (second prize), and $250 USD (third prize).


  • Deadline for submissions is midnight, June 21, 2020.
  • Contest open to anyone aged 16 to 25 who has not been previously published by The Banner and who is a member of or regularly attends a Christian Reformed church.
  • Articles should be no more than 1,000 words in length, submitted as a Word file or Google doc and accompanied by a separate cover letter that includes your name, address, phone number, where you worship, and brief biographical note. Do not include this information on the essay itself. Send to with the subject heading “Writing Contest.”
  • Decisions of judges are final. We reserve the right to withhold one or more prizes if none are deemed worthy. Winners will be notified by July 6.