Hey Stefwrites - I remember this and I remember liking it. Still do. Sounds like a very cute idea that kids would really enjoy. I'd like to know Faith's age right up front. Your query is only 151 words - you don't include your bio in the word count - so you've got some wiggle room to show us more about Faith and her situation. Like mentioning that the Power of the Pen Champion is a classmate? I like the idea of her being near the Goth girl and I hope she's the unexpected friend who helps her with the entry fee. Good luck with this.
Faith Fargo aches for home. But ever since Daddy died, she’s been stuck at the Bethel church shelter, her cot jammed between her little sister and a Goth girl accused of arson.
Mama keeps praying for a miracle, but Faith knows they need cold, hard cash—enough to pay the late mortgage bill and save their house from auction. When she hears about the Girls World story contest—with its $1,000 Grand Prize—she opens her journal and starts writing.
Too bad the Power of the Pen Champion is threatening to steal her story, blab her real address, and mock her friendship with a chubby girl everyone calls “Fatso”. Not that it matters. Faith can’t even afford the entry fee.
Turns out, it takes more than talent to win a nationwide writing contest. For Faith, it takes belief in unexpected friendships. And maybe, just maybe, in a power greater than herself.