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Congratulations to the SCWC Writing Award winners!


We're pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Southern Christian Writers Conference Writing Awards.


The SCWC Writing Awards recognize PUBLISHED works of nonfiction (magazine article, newspaper article, blog post), letters to the editor, poetry, and fiction (short story). The winning entries were published between June 2019 and July 2020.


The finalists and winners were announced in the closing session of the 2020 Virtual Southern Christian Writers Conference on July 25.


Below are this year's winners.


When available, click on the LINK following the publication title to read the article, letter, story, or blog post for yourself.


Nonfiction, Newspaper Article

1st place: Lanell Smith for "Alabama church feeds Birmingham homeless"; Baptist Press. READ STORY HERE

2nd place: Bill King for "Let's not become a people who dread sunrise"; Opelika-Auburn News and other newspapers READ STORY HERE

3rd Place: April McCay for "Worship in this Season"; The Blount Countian READ STORY HERE

Nonfiction, Magazine Article

1st place: Karen Allen for "It's Not Easy, But it's Everlasting"; Home Life

2nd place: Laura Lee Leathers for "Prayer is Work"; Missions Mosaic

3rd place: Hannah Harrison for "Building a Network of Hope"; AFA Journal READ STORY HERE

Honorable mention: Robert Youngblood for "Reaping a Harvest with the Grahams"; AFA Journal

Honorable mention: Kristy Ensor for "God's GPS"; Journey

Nonfiction, Letter to the Editor

1st place: Susan Jenkins for "Concern how older adults presented healthcare plans"; Jasper County News

Blog post

1st place: Sharon Davis for "Losing Mama"; Sharon Davis Writer READ BLOG HERE

2nd place: Randall Murphree for "A Pair of Warm Socks or Cup of Cold Water"; The Stand READ BLOG HERE

3rd place: Rebecca Davis for "Pondering on Pearls, the President, and Parenting"; The Stand

Honorable mention: David Chancy for "Defiant Baptists? Surely Not"; McDonough Road Baptist Church blog READ BLOG HERE

Honorable mention: Melissa Hanbery for "Alzheimer's and Falling Leaves"; Leaf by Leaf READ BLOG HERE

Fiction, Short Story

1st place: Kaci Lane Hindman for "Destiny in Disguise"; Spark Flash Fiction READ STORY HERE

2nd place: Bettie Boswell for "Sidetracked"; Teacher Created Materials READ STORY HERE

3rd place: Kelli Sellers for “Knowing What We Know About Heaven"; The Tower


Congratulations again to all of the winners.


We love to celebrate and acknowledge the work of our SCWC members, and look forward to more ways we can do so as the days go by.


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