Creative Writing Scholarship

The mission of Maranatha is to develop leaders for ministry in the local church and the world “To the Praise of His Glory.” Part of developing such leaders is to encourage the use of creativity and imagination. A creative writing contest is being offered to any Maranatha student who wishes to develop and share his or her creative imagination. Please read and follow these directions:

  • Write a 5-page short story.
  • Use Times Roman 12-point, double space, and maintain a one-inch margin.
  • Place a header on each page which includes your student ID number and the page number.
  • Center the title on the first page of the entry.
  • Email your entry to the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@mbu.eduby 5 p.m. on March 14, 2019.
    • In the email include your name, brief biographical information, and the reason for choosing to enter this contest.
    • Attach your short story as a PDF file.
  • To maintain anonymity, the authors’ names will not be provided to the judges.
  • By entering this contest, entrants affirm that this is an original work and grant Maranatha the non-exclusive right to edit and publish this story.

The winning author will be awarded a check for $100 and a copy of Dr. Steve Stratford’s published book, Kate Canby and the Holocharm of Time, which inspired this contest. The winning story will be published on Maranatha’s website and considered for inclusion in other Maranatha publications. The prize will be presented at the Scholarship Chapel in April.

Our judges look forward to reading your entries, and the University looks forward to celebrating the creativity and imagination that future servants are developing.

  • 2019 first place winner, Plastic Trophy by Jeremy Robertson 
  • 2019 runner up, Her by Joel B Smith
  • 2018 first place winner, Open Shut by Corrie Obgartel
  • 2018 runner up, Expecting a Call by Shayna Goeman
  • 2017 first place winner, Bad Dog by Rachel Mayes
  • 2017 runnerup, Nightmare to Nightmares by Corrie Obgartel
  • 2016 first place winner, The Warrior and the Poet by Isaiah Kazarovich
  • 2016 runnerup, Countermelody by Brynn Fitzsimmons
  • 2015 first place winner, The Snowball Fight by Meredith Hoyt
  • 2015 runnerup, Devil’s Play by Sebastian Basaldua