The holidays bring so many opportunities for remembering those around us — neighbors, mail carriers, teachers, house keepers, etc. What better time to share the good news of Christ’s love? Jesus is the reason for the season, after all.
For this contest, we’d like to see your best ideas for presenting the gospel in a Christmas-themed tract. Please use the same single-fold, 4-page format as before.
Once again, we’ll be awarding prizes to the three top winners. But get your submissions in soon! The deadline for entering fast approaching!
Keep reading for complete details and submission guidelines.
Christmas Gospel Tract Contest
Submission dates: November 10-December 8, 2018
All entries must be received by 11:59 PM on Saturday, December 8, 2018.
- 1st Place: $300
- 2nd Place: $200
- 3rd Place: $100
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All designs must be four pages in length — no more, no less. Tracts will be printed single-fold, with a front, back, and 2-page inside spread. The easiest way to do this is to fold a regular sheet of paper into fourths and draw your design by using a fourth-sheet for each page.
All artwork must be original, rendered in simple, black and white ink line drawings. Colored artwork and pencil sketches will not be accepted. By submitting an entry, you grant us non-exclusive rights to publish your design as a free printable which readers can then download from our website.
Communicate gospel message
All entries must present a short, gospel-centered message and should include relevant Bible verses that back up whatever points are presented.
Although you are not required to incorporate the following principles in your tract design, I’m reprinting them here for those who may need a refresher on what exactly the good news of the gospel is:
Mankind is sinful.
Every one of us willfully and habitually does things we shouldn’t do — something the Bible calls sin. (Romans 3:23) Our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and leads ultimately to both physical and spiritual death. (Matthew 10:28) In fact, death is the guaranteed payment we earn when we choose to sin. (Romans 6:23) Of course, this part of the story is actually bad news, but we must rightly understand our desperate need to fully appreciate the good news that follows.
Jesus died in our place.
Jesus came to willingly take the punishment for our sin upon Himself. (Isaiah 53:5) He, being fully God and fully man, lived a perfect, sinless life, then laid down His life on our behalf. (Philippians 2:5-8) He came not to condemn the world — our sin condemns us already — but to save the world, because He loves us (Romans 5:8) and wants to enjoy a restored relationship with us. (John 3:16-18) God desires that none would perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Jesus arose from the grave.
He actually and physically died on the cross. (John 19:33-35) His dead body was placed in a sealed tomb, (Matthew 27:59-60) where it remained until Christ was physically resurrected on the third day and appeared in the flesh to more than 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) (many of whom were later martyred for refusing to recant the story of Christ’s resurrection or renounce their faith) before ascending to heaven (Acts 1:9) where He now sits at the right hand of God. (1 Peter 3:22)
Jesus alone has the power to save.
There is nothing we can do to earn our own salvation. (Ephesians 2:4-5) It is offered as a free gift from God (free to us, though it cost Him dearly), obtained only by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) All who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)
Jesus transforms those who trust in Him.
Christians should be known for our good works, (Luke 6:43) but good works are the evidence of our salvation, (James 2:26) not the cause of it. Certain traits will be evident in the life of a mature Christian, including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Also, those whose lives have truly been transformed by Christ will want to share their experience with others out of compassion for those who have not yet heard or accepted the truth of the gospel. (Romans 10:14-15)
Use your own words
Of course, the above outline is too detailed to fit on a single-fold gospel tract, so please present the gospel in your own words, being careful to back up what you say with Scripture. You may draw from the Bible verses listed above or use personal favorites.
Please note that all supporting Scriptures must be taken from the Old and/or New Testament. No citations from Apocryphal writings, Book of Mormon, or any other religious books will be accepted.
A few examples
Although I’ve never posted any Christmas-themed tracts before, you can get an idea of the layout we’re looking for by studying the trick-or-teat tracts we’ve published in the past. You can view samples of those here and here.
Entries will be judged using the following criteria:
- Accuracy: 30% (Does this tract present the one true gospel?)
- Authority: 25% (Does it cite relevant Bible verses to back up its message?)
- Creativity: 20% (What sets this tract apart from others?)
- Simplicity: 15% (Is the message presented in an easy-to-understand way?)
- Adaptability: 10% (Can it be easily converted to a printable PDF?)
Send submissions electronically
You may either create your tract using graphic design techniques on your computer or draw it with pen and paper and then scan a high-resolution copy of your original artwork. Collaboration between parent and child or siblings or friends is permitted, but collaborators will be solely responsible for determining how to split the cash prize in the event their design wins. To enter, please email us a copy of your design, along with the following information:
- name of artist(s)
- age of artist(s)
- home state (or country, if living outside the US)
- email address where we may reach you (if different from the sending address on your entry)
Please be mindful that all entries must be received by 11:59 PM on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Winners will be announced and printable versions of their tracts will be posted on or before Wednesday, December 12.
One last thing: Could you please do me quick favor and share this contest with any family, friends, or school/church/scouting groups you think might be interested in participating? We’d love to get swamped with entries for this contest, too, and would be ever so grateful if you’d help us get the word out! Thanks bunches!