Welcome to the second annual 45th Parallel Contest! The 45th Parallel is a blog series which explores spiritual parallels in everyday sights. I invite you to enter the contest March 1-31, 2015 and compete for one of three prizes:
First Place: $30
Second Place: $25
Third Place: $20
Winners will also receive a 45th Parallel Award Certificate.
Q. Why’s it called the 45th Parallel Contest, anyway?
A. My home in Portland, Oregon, lies on the adventurous 45th parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the equator. But you don’t have to live on this latitude to find adventure! When we ask the Holy Spirit if we can see the world with His eyes of fresh wonder everywhere, the supernatural world opens up to us in tangible ways. Join me in looking for God encounters in the everyday world and describing their spiritual parallels.
Q. What does an entry look like?
A. Take a picture and describe the spiritual parallel it demonstrates. Tell how the photo illustrates overcoming; forgiving; encouraging; or our relationship with God. Email the submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Can I see a few examples?
A. Sure. Check out last year’s winners:
First Prize (Tied): Joanna Echols: The Leaf’s Whisper
First Prize (Tied): Nancey West: Clean Up the Past
Second Prize: Tony Otten: A New Jacob’s Ladder
Third Prize: Susan Ward: Sunrise – May We Rise and Worship Our Savior
Q. How many words should the submission contain?
A. The word count for the text should be between 150 and 350 words.
Q. What’s the deadline?
A. Entries must be received by midnight, March 31, 2015.
Q. Will my submission appear as a blog post?
A. Selected submissions may appear as future blog posts. By submitting a contest entry, you give permission for the submission to appear on my website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. If used, links to your website and social media will be included.
Q. Do I need to follow your blog to enter?
A. No, but it helps. See the scoring guide below.
Q. How will entries be scored?
A. The scoring guide is:
- Up to 3 points for the photo (Choice of subject; clarity; composition)
- Up to 3 points for the spiritual parallel (Inspiring; connected to Scripture; aha! factor)
- Up to 3 points for description (Clear; creative)
- 1 point given to entries of contestants who subscribe to the blog
Q. Can I submit more than one entry?
A. Yes. You may submit up to three entries, but each contestant is eligible to win only one prize.
Q. Are there other ways to participate?
A. Yes. Judges are needed for the contest. Email me if you’d like to serve as a judge.
Q. How will I know if I win?
A. Winners will be contacted via email the first week of April 2015. They will be announced the second week of April.
Q. Where do I begin?
A. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes of creativity and see what He sees! Where is He found? Get your camera and go wild! Inspire us!
Forward – with favor!