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Narnia Essay Contest

October 2nd, 2020 | 1 min read

By Jake Meador

We announced this on Twitter earlier in the week, but here’s the official announcement on our website: We’re running our first ever essay contest. We are going to publish seven essays, each of which arguing for why one of the seven Chronicles of Narnia books is the best in the series.

If you have a strong opinion about which book is best (and, really, who doesn’t?) write 1000 words on why your favorite is the best in the series and send it to me. I’ll review all entries and choose the seven best to publish on Mere O. The seven authors we eventually publish will each receive a $100 prize.


  • Turn in by October 14.
  • Enter by emailing them to me:
  • Aim for a length of around 1000 words.

Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).