Bethany House Summer Photo Challenge

It’s the start of summer, and for many of us, that means a chance to relax with a good book in some interesting locations. Whether you’re going across the state to a national park, across the ocean to a classic tourist destination, or across the street to your favorite coffee shop, there’s no summer day that can’t be made better by a good book.


Jen, one of our editors, came to me with this idea: Why not ask people to share pictures of themselves with a favorite Bethany House book wherever they are this summer? And since I love stealing great ideas from other people, I thought I’d share the fun with all of you.

Here’s how it works: Take a picture of yourself with a favorite Bethany House book, fiction or nonfiction, and show us where you’re reading it.

BHP quill

Not sure if it’s a Bethany House book? Look on the spine for the BHP logo.

Then enter the contest here by either uploading your photo to the entry form or posting your picture on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #BHPsummerreads. NOTE: the setting of the post on Facebook must be set to “public.” (When posting, you can do this by clicking the button underneath the post and changing it from “Friends” to “Public.”) At the end of the month, we’ll go through and post some of your pictures in a collage here and on our social media (so make sure it’s a photo you’re okay with us sharing).


In August, we’ll allow you and other readers to vote on your favorite photo from the gallery. (Details are on the contest page.) If you need some inspiration, here are a few BHP examples:


Amy Green, fiction publicist, reading Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas in a tree. (I actually do this pretty often.)


Jen Veilleux, fiction editor, reading The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden at a dog park (with an ice cream sandwich!).

Thanks for joining in the fun, everyone! If you have any questions, post them in the comments—someone else might have that question as well. Here are a few FAQs (or questions we think will be frequently asked):

Q: I have two books I really want to take a picture with! Can I submit more than one photo?

A: Sure, go ahead! (Just don’t go overboard and submit a dozen.)

Q: When I went to your contest, it told me I have to give Woobox access to my personal information! I don’t want to do that!

A: Well, that’s not really a question, but let me give you a reassuring answer anyway. Woobox contests all show those disclaimers by default because their forms give us the option to record your personal information and demographics. However, Bethany House does not use that option. The only information we will collect is what you give us, and that will only be used for the purpose of the contest (i.e., mailing prizes). We wish we could make that disclaimer go away, since it doesn’t apply, but we can’t.

Q: I’m a reader from outside the United States. Can I enter?

A: We’d love for you to submit a photo (because it’s fun, right?), but due to shipping costs, we have to restrict winners of the book package to the U.S. Since the entry form requires you to choose a state, you can enter by using the #BHPsummerreads on social media.

Q: If I choose to enter on social media instead of through the form, where do I put the hashtag?

A: Make sure it’s in the caption (not, say, a comment on Facebook or Instagram, which won’t work).

Where will Bethany House take you this summer?

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