Montreat College | English Major at a Christian College in North Carolina
The Inklings Creative Writing Workshop

We invite you to submit a piece of your choosing in our Creative Writing Competition on April 1, 2022! Two $1500 scholarships will be awarded: one in each category. Selected entries will be published in The Lamp Post, the college’s annual literary magazine.


Ruth Bell Graham Poetry Contest

  • Submit up to 3 poems
  • One entry per writer

Inklings Fiction Contest

  • Submit up to 3 pages of fiction writing
  • One entry per writer
  • If part of a larger piece (short story, novel, screenplay, etc), choose the strongest portion.

Entries should be submitted in Word documents and formatted in Times/Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced. By their act of submission, each contestant releases one-time rights for their work to Montreat College for publishing in both print and online versions of the 2022 issue of The Lamp Post.

Send entries to no later than March 10, 2022. Applicants should use their category as the subject line and include their full name, grade, teacher, and school name in the body of the email.


April 1, 2022 |Schedule

10:00 a.m. Check in
10:30 a.m. Welcome/Keynote with David C. Downing
11:30 a.m. Lunch with David C. Downing
12:30 p.m. Campus tours
1:00 p.m. Award Ceremony/Open Mic

The cost of participation is $15/person (includes lunch). Registration information is coming soon!

Keynote Speaker

David C. Downing is the Co-director (with his wife Crystal) of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Illinois. Downing grew up in Colorado, graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and earned his MA and PhD from UCLA.

Downing has written four scholarly books on C. S. Lewis: Planets In Peril (1992), a critical study of the Ransom trilogy; The Most Reluctant Convert (2002), an examination of Lewis’s journey to faith; Into The Wardrobe (2005), an in-depth overview of the Narnia Chronicles; Into The Region Of Awe (2005), a study of how Lewis’s wide reading in Christian mysticism enhanced his own faith and enriched his imaginative writing. Downing has also written a novel, Looking For The King (2010), in which C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and other Inklings appear as characters.

David Downing