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The Banner and Talking Bibles International is pleased to present a writing contest on the topic of peacemaking. What does it mean to be Christ’s peacemaker in today’s world? Please use a personal story to illustrate the theme of your article. 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 11:59 p.m. June 23, 2024.
  • Contest open to anyone ages 16-23 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. Email 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 8.

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