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Submissions for 2020 SCWC Writing Awards will open soon!

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Announcing the 2020 SCWC Notable Book Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 SCWC Notable Book Awards! The winners were announced at the Southern Christian Book Expo on Sat., Feb. 1 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The finalists are below, with the winners in bolded:

Fiction, Traditionally-Published

Mind of Mine, by C.F.E. Black (Illuminate YA)

* Murder in the Family, by Ramona Richards (Firefly Southern Fiction)

Off-Script Over-Caffeinated, by Kaley and Rhonda Rhea (Bold Vision Books)

Fiction, Self-Published

* The Girl I Left Behind, by Stephanie Bain

The Rescue, by Tanya Eavenson

Dark Days on the Fairest Isle, by Judith Nembhard

Nonfiction, Traditionally-Published

* The Ground Kisser, by Thang Du'o'ng Boyer with Lisa Worthey Smith (Winged Publications)

The Wayward Way, by Taylor Field (New Hope Publishers)

Life-Giving Choices, by Lucinda Secrest McDowell (New Hope Publishers)

Nonfiction, Self-Published

Because of Whose I am: A Nazi's Daughter, by Helga Allison with Kathleen Jones

* [Un]Intentional, by Doug Smith

God's Extravagant Grace for Extraordinary Grief, by Lettie K. Whisman


About the Awards:

The SCWC Notable Book Awards debuted in 2020, with authors submitting their books published in 2018 and 2019 to the Southern Christian Writers Conference staff during the Fall. 

CONTEST RULES:

1. Books must have been published in 2018 or 2019.

2. Books can be published through a traditional publisher or self-published, and don't have to be published by a religious publishing company. However, they MUST be inspirational and reflect a Christian worldview.

3. A submission fee of $10 must be sent along with the published book.

4. Deadline for entry is Dec. 10.

5. Three finalists will be announced in each category on Jan. 1.

6. The winner in each category will be announced at the Southern Christian Book Expo in Birmingham, Alabama.

Submissions were judged on:

1. Writing quality

2. Inspirational message


Judges include members of the Southern Christian Writers Conference staff and selected professionals in the award categories.

The 2021 award will be announced next Fall. We hope you will consider entering your book in the contest.

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And CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 2019 SCWC Writing Contest, announced at the annual SCWC workshop in June:

                    

Short Story (fiction)

1. Bettie Boswell (Bowling Green, Ohio): “Fred’s Gift,” From the Lake to the River (book anthology)


Poetry   

1. Rita Moritz (Pell City, Ala.): “And Then the Morning,” Cullman (Ala.) Tribune 

2. Harry Moritz (Pell City, Ala.): “Dark Dreadful December,” Cullman (Ala.) Tribune 


Newspaper Article

1. Shirley Crowder (Birmingham, Ala.): “Have you danced with the flowers lately?” Gadsden (Ala.) Times

2. Jan White (Andalusia): “Acts of forgiveness in aftermath of genocide,” The Star-News (Andalusia, Ala.)

3. Alan Johnston (Chattanooga, Tenn.): “Adjusting to life with dementia,” The Alabama Baptist 

HM. Rita Moritz (Pell City, Ala.): “Toni Bowling — fighting the battle,” St. Clair News-Aegis (Pell City)


Magazine Article  

1. Joy Lucius (Belden, Miss.): “Remember the prisoners, as Though in Prison with Them,” AFA Journal

2. Anne Reed (Tupelo, Miss.): “Jews help Christians help Muslims,” AFA Journal

3. Mary Claire Branton (Roswell, Ga.): “Calling Young Writers,” Parents and Kids magazine

HM. Robert Youngblood (Tupelo, Miss.): “The war within,” AFA Journal

First-place winners won cash prizes; other winners received a certificate of recognition.

We had the largest-ever amount of submissions, and the winners were wonderful.