Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Don’t Miss the Celebration—We’re Hosting the Selah Awards Live Online from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference!

Right now I'm in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina at the Blue Ridge MountainsChristian Writers Conference.

As most of you know, I'm the Co to Director Alton Gansky. He's the HMOC (Head Man On Campus) this week. Tonight's award banquet is the culmination of a week of connecting with others in the industry and concentrating on going deeper into the craft of writing.

At BRMCWC we have three contests:

The Contest for Unpublished Writers: This is for writers who are unpublished in their specific category. The categories range from devotions to blog posts, flash fiction to Bible studies. There's literally something for everyone here.

The Director's Choice: This is for BRMCWC attendees who have a published book. This year Al will be giving awards to his pick of best fiction and non-fiction books.

The Selah: This is an industry-wide contest for any author who has published a book in the previous year. There is NO restriction on the publisher—we accept self, indie and traditionally published submissions.

Tonight, thanks to the generosity of and LifeWay/Ridgecrest the awards will be streamed live over the Internet. All you need to do is visit:

You can also follow along and join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag: #BRMCWC (Not sure how to do this? Just do a search on Twitter for #BRMCWC and all the tweets will magically appear)

You can also visit  our Facebook page for the Blue Ridge Mountains ChristianWriters Conference and follow as the winners are announced there as well.

Our contest director, Eva Marie Everson, has been hard at work compiling the results, and tonight we'll find out the winners. But in the meantime, enjoy a sneak peak at the finalists for the Selah:

Children (Tie for Third)
Michelle Medlock Adams—God Knows You (Candy Cane Press)
Burton W. Cole—Bash and the Pirate Pig (B&H Kids)
Hannah C. Hall—God Bless You and Goodnight (Thomas Nelson)
Jill Roman Lord—If Jesus Came to Visit Me (Candy Cane Press)

Inspiration and Gift
Debora M. Coty—Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates (Barbour Publishing)
Cynthia Howerter & La-Tan Roland Murphy—God’s Provision in Tough Times (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Rose Chandler Johnson—God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Christian Life
Jo Ann Fore—When A Woman Finds Her Voice (Leafwood Publishers)
Cynthia Ruchti—Ragged Hope (Abingdon Press)
Linda Evans Shepherd—Finding God’s Presence (Revell)

Bible Study
Nick Hawkes—The Bible on the Key Issues of Life (Wombat Books)
Beebe Kauffman—Isaiah: Setting Things Right (Lighthouse Bible Studies)
Erica Wiggenhorn—Moses: Every Life Proof of God’s Promises (Crossbooks)

Young Adult Nonfiction
Bethany Jett—The Cinderella Rule (Regal)
Kelly McIntosh (Gen. Ed)—God Hearts Me; Daily Devotions for a Girl’s Heart (Barbour Publishing)
Cyle Young—Belly Buttons & Broken Hearts (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Young Adult Fiction
Elaine Marie Cooper—Fields of the Fatherless (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Tessa Emily Hall—Purple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Eddie Jones—Dead Low Tide (Zonderkidz)

First Novel (Tie for Third)
Dianna T. Benson—The Hidden Son (Ellechor Publishing House)
Carole Brown—The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Aaron D. Gansky—The Bargain (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Tessa Emily Hall—Purple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Fiction: Novella
Paula Mowery—Be the Blessing (Pelican Book Group)
Linda Wood Rondeau—A Christmas Prayer (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Gina Welborn—Mercy Mild (Barbour Publishing)

Fiction: Speculative
Ian Acheson—Angelguard (Lion Hudson)
Lisa Belcastro—Shenandoah Crossings (OakTara)
Lisa Belcastro—Shenandoah Nights (OakTara)

Fiction: Suspense
Richard L. Mabry, M.D.—Stress Test (Thomas Nelson)
Linnette R. Mullin—Finding Beth (CrossRiver Media Group)
Jordyn Redwood—Poison (Kregel)

Fiction: Historical
Vikki Kestell—Joy on This Mountain (Faith-Filled Fiction)
Ann Tatlock—Sweet Mercy (Bethany House Publishers)
Liz Tolsma—Snow on the Tulips (Thomas Nelson)

Fiction: Romance
Rachel Hauck—Once Upon a Prince (Zondervan)
Maureen Lang—All in Good Time (Tyndale Publishers)
Davalynn Spencer—The Rancher’s Second Chance (Love Inspired / Heartsong Presents)

Fiction: Contemporary Women
Normandie Fischer—Sailing Out of Darkness (WhiteFire Publishing)
Anita Higman—Winter in Full Bloom (Moody Publishers)
Cynthia Ruchti—When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press)

Don't miss the fun tonight! 
And don't forget to join the conversation!


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