The ACFW Genesis Contest is for unpublished Christian fiction writers. With ten categories to enter, Genesis provides the opportunity for unbiased feedback on writers’ work by published authors and experienced judges, and the chance for finalists to have their work read by Christian publishing house editors and literary agents. ACFW is pleased to see many previous category winners and finalists move further in their writing careers and become published authors.


Contest opens: January 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM central time.

Contest closes: March 15, 2018, at 4:00 PM central time. All contest entries and contest fees must be received by that time.

All entries will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating receipt of the entry. If an entrant does not receive a confirmation e-mail by midnight central time March 16, 2017, the entrant should e-mail the contest coordinator at Please double-check your spam or junk mail folders first, if you haven’t received your confirmation.

The top seven semi-finalists in each category will be announced by May 5, 2017.

The three finalists in each category will be announced by June 15, 2017.

Winners will be announced at the Gala during ACFW’s national conference in September.

For more information, check out ACFW National’s Genesis page.