I am over the moon with excitement to be sharing about this wonderful website, Tales of the Lonely Sun! I’m not sure if I can tell y’all this or not, but I was originally on the team that helped come up with the idea for this website. I was there and watched as these amazing young women put together this website. I am so sticken proud of these girls!!
We’re four girls who love reading, writing, and most importantly, Jesus. The Lonely Sun emblem symbolizes the Light amidst the Darkness, an illustration of the world and how it’s always been.
We hope to focus on reading and writing books that are full of light opposed to books centered around darkness. The Tales of the Lonely Sun team are spreading the word about good moral books, and how to write them.
We host a seasonal writing contest for writers looking to share their work, and offer book reviews for the book dragons among us.
Carlye Krul is a teenager who lives in fictional worlds. She is a fangirl and when Carlye isn’t writing or reading, she’s listening to music and dreaming about books. She’s a follower of Jesus and hopes to spread the Word through her writing. Carlye resides in the southwest of Canada with an unhealthy amount of books. You can check her out on her blog Carlye’s Camera and her Instagram.
Merie Shen is an artist at heart, a daughter of ministry, and a Chinese-Korean spy. Thanks to a lifetime surrounded by three very different and very strange cultures, her love for world folkways and folklore constantly infiltrates her writing. From the beginning, her stories have been inspired by C.S. Lewis instead of Tolkien, Lewis Carroll instead of Harry Potter, fairytales instead of Disney, and Kung Fu Panda instead of Marvel (don’t ask). She also spends time drawing what appears in her mind or in nature, discovering and rediscovering the magic of books, and staring off into space. Her mascot changes with her daily moods and she blogs at Imperial Scribis.
Merie lives in the fascinating city of Beijing, with her missionary family and their cat, whose name is either Kipling or Mimi or maybe both.
Jorja Ayres (pronounced Georgia Airs) is a 15 year old Christian writer, reader, and fangirl. Her hope is to help the readers of Tales of the Lonely Sun navigate around some of the beginner mistakes that she has made, as well as share some writing hacks that made things simpler for her. Her dream is to one day be able to give her readers the same feelings that she has experienced when reading some of her favorite books, as well as share positive themes that shine bright in this dark world. She lives in Southern Arizona with her family, dogs, and hedgehog.
Mya Gray is a Christian teen with a love for imaginary worlds and fictional characters. While she spends the majority of her free time reading and writing stories, she also enjoys photography, blogging, and playing piano. Mya is an online high school student who resides in the Midwest with her parents, younger siblings, and cats. She blogs at Life from Behind a Camera.
Short Story Contest
Every two months we at TotLS hold a short story writing contest. Every contest sports a different theme, and sometimes we collaborate with other influential blogs/bloggers for special prizes and guest judges. Abigail Harder (your’s truly!) is the official story judge, but she never works alone! Expect to see familiars around the writing community who will comprise the rest of the judges and select which one of your stories will be the winner.
For our first official contest, the TotLS team will be judging. You can find out who won on Thursday over at Tales of the Lonely Sun! If you want to enter the contest, choose from the following prompts for this season. You can pick one, or combine multiple for an extra challenge.
Short stories submitted to Tales of the Lonely Sun for any contest must follow all guidelines listed below. Please review these guidelines carefully before submitting; we don’t want to turn your story down! That can only be avoided if you make sure your story meets these specifications.
For submission, your story must…
- Be at a maximum of 5,000 words. All of us have lives and busy schedules, and we’d rather not go through hundreds of pages of work! Writing a great story under a low word count is part of the challenge.
- Follow the guidelines for the Lonely Sun emblem. Our goal is to spread stories with hope, not doom. While we have nothing against dark stories in general, we do not accept them if they are purely grim and dark and contain no mention or possibility of hope.
- Be CLEAN. We do not accept stories with explicit or inappropriate content. We expect all stories submitted to be family-friendly, which means no language, graphic violence, or innuendos.
How to Submit:
- When you finish writing your story, email us at email@example.com
- Make sure the subject of your email is “Short Story Submission.”
- Your email can include a Google Doc link, a PDF or simply the text of your short story, but however you submit it, make sure it is something we can access!
- The judges for the season will read and judge your short story, and the winner’s short story will be published in one of our blog posts. They then have the choice to help judge the next set of stories. Additional prizes change every season as well!
Y’all should go check out this next season’s short story contest! I cannot give much away but I can promise you that it will be a blast! 😉 I am working with some amazing judges this season so be sure to sign up and start writing!
This giveaway, by the way, is U.S. and Canada only… I’m so sorry, international folks! (Seriously. I feel your pain. Merie lives in China.)* This giveaway is not affiliated with or endorsed by Nadine Brandes. (But it is with Mya Gray.)*
ONE WINNER WILL RECEIVE
- A SIGNED COPY of Hide and Seek by Mya Gray (yes, our very own Mya!)
- A hardcover copy of Romanov by Nadine Brandes
- Bookish & TotLS stickers
- A $10 Amazon gift card
- Assorted tea bags
Monday, Dec. 9
INTRO @ Tales of the Lonely Sun
Angela Watts: Blog Spotlight @ The Peculiar Messenger
Jenna Terese: Guest Post by Merie @ Jenna Terese
Kellyn Roth: Blog Spotlight/Guest Post by Merie @ Reveries
Kim: Blog Spotlight @ The Writing Process
Kristen Hogrefe: Guest Post by Jorja @ Kristen Hogrefe
Jennifer Guyer: Interview with Merie @ Fantasy Ordinary
M.H. Elrich: Interview with the Team @ M.H. Elrich
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Sabrina: Blog Spotlight/Interview with Jorja @ Confessions of a Writer
Elizabeth Dragina: Guest Post by Merie @ Elizabeth’s Corner
Mark Borne: Interview with the Team @ The Mark Borne Nexus
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Abigail Harder: Blog Spotlight @ Books, Life, and Christ
Grace: Guest Post by Merie @ Grace M. Morris
Thursday, Dec. 12
~ ANNOUNCING SHORT STORY CONTEST WINNER ~
Friday, Dec. 13
Diamond: Interview with the Team @ I Have 12% of a Plan
Abigail Harris: Guest Post by Merie @ Read Write Breathe
Saturday, Dec. 14
Ash Ronnel: Interview with the Team @ Ash Ronnel
Jo: Blog Spotlight/Interview with Merie @ Pananaw
Maya: Blog Spotlight/Interview with the Team @ Wandering Wordsmith
Isabel Olivetti: Blog Spotlight/Guest Post by Mya @ Chasing Fantasia
I am super excited to see where God takes these four young ladies with this website! Be sure to stop by their website and at least take a look. Also be sure to sign up for the next short story contest that is quickly approaching!