The Word Guild rewards writing excellence by never-before-published writers in its 2013 Fresh Ink writing contest 

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO – Four novice writers have been awarded prizes in The Word Guild's Fresh Ink writing contest for 2013. These winners represent a group of emerging writers ready to augment the already large number of award-winning Canadian writers who work from a Christian worldview.

Each year The Word Guild, a Canadian association of writers and editors who are Christian, recognizes the talents of aspiring writers who have never been published. Prizes are given in two age groups: 14 to 20, and 21 and up.

Judge Bill Fledderus stated, "As a judge for Fresh Ink, I was encouraged by the entries I saw. They showed ambition, hard work, passion, and talent. If the Christian community can offer the right support and encouragement to these young writers, we will definitely get a great-and Christ-honouring-return on our investment a few years from now."

Cynthia Dawn Roy of Ayer's Cliff, Quebec, placed first in the 14 to 20 year-old category and Loraine Kemp of Kelowna, British Columbia, took honours in the 21 and up category.

Dani Bouchard of Calgary, Alberta, earned second place in the 14 to 20 year-old category and Carol Ford of Newmarket, Ontario, took second place in the 21 plus category.

The first prize in each division-free registration to Write! Canada, Canada's largest Christian writers' conference-is worth over $400.

Second prize consists of $100 gift certificate for The Word Guild, which may be used toward national or regional conference registration or membership.

"This contest validated me so I could start on the journey of becoming a writer. The feedback and encouragement I received from the judge was affirming," says past winner, Karen DeBlieck.

This year's contest received almost forty submissions! Entrants were asked to write on the theme, "Live and Breathe the Written Word," and could submit in fiction, non-fiction, article, or poetry genres. 

The 29th annual Write! Canada conference will be held from June 13 to 15, 2013, in Guelph, Ontario.

Ages 14-20

First prize: Free registration to Write! Canada

Cynthia Dawn Roy – "Dripping Red"

Second price: $100 gift certificate

Dani Bouchard – "Through Fire and Light"

Ages 21 and up

First prize: Free registration to Write! Canada

Loraine Kemp – "Don't Look Down!"

Second prize: $100 gift certificate

Carol Ford – "Trapped"

The contest is sponsored by The Word Guild, whose membership consists of writers and editors across Canada who write from a Christian perspective and publish work in a variety of genres. For the complete media release go to the media page here: