The 2020 Southern Christian Writing Conference Awards

The annual SCWC Writing Contest recognizes the outstanding PUBLISHED works of members throughout the year. Works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry by

SCWC members (individuals who have attended at least one workshop in the past two years or who are registered for the 2020 workshop) may be entered.

Works eligible for the 2020 contest must have been published between June 1, 2019, and July 1, 2020.

They must fit into one of the following six categories:

(1) Nonfiction Magazine Article

(2) Newspaper Article 

(3) Short Story (fiction)

(4) Poetry

(5) Letter to the Editor

(6) Blog post

You may submit no more than one entry per category . Short stories and poems must have been published in a newspaper or magazine or have been included in a published (but not self-published) book. The publications in which the entries appeared may be either religious or secular and either printed or online. Blog posts can be published on any blog (your own, or someone else's).

To enter the contest, send a photocopy of the entire work as it appeared in the publication and a photocopy of a page (such as the table of contents or

cover) that shows the publication’s title and date.  A copy of the blog post should be printed with the publication's date.

An accompanying letter must show your name and tell what category (Magazine Article, Newspaper Article, Short Story, Poetry, Letter to the Editor, or Blog Post) you are entering.

You must also submit a $5 reading fee with your entry.

The deadline (postmark) for entering the contest is July 15, 2020.

Send entries to:

SCWC Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3057 

Hueytown AL 35023

The top three winners in each category will be announced at the closing session of this year’s virtual workshop. A cash prize and certificate will be awarded to the first-place winner in each category;

certificates will be awarded to the second- and third-place 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


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)


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. 


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