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The Word Guild Is Pleased to Announce

The 30th Annual 2018 The Word Awards Winners

Bearded Gospel Men

Honouring the Best of Canadian Christian Writing from 2017

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Copies of the 2018 Shortlist Media Release in both .docx and .pdf can be found on our Media Page

June 16, 2018
The Word Guild honours evangelical statesman Glen Argon along with other winners in the 29th Annual Word Awards

MISSISSAUGA, ON — An elder statesman for Canada’s Christian community has been formally recognized for his lifetime achievements by Canada’s premier fellowship of Christian writers, The Word Guild.

Glen Argan; former editor of the Western Catholic Reporter and the Inner City Voice has impacted Catholics and culture for more than four decades.  Glen is this year’s recipient of the Leslie K. Tarr, Lifetime Achievement Award announced at The 30th Annual Word Awards Gala on June 15. Argan was chosen for his long and dedicated commitment to Christian journalism, the consistent thoughtful quality of his writing and for the publications he produced. In a video message from his Alberta based home, Argan told the assembly he was honoured to receive the significant award named after Leslie K. Tarr; another influential magazine man whose life and writing was of great consequence to Canadian culture.

Journalists, novelists, poets, theologians, academics, and song-writers, along with their guests gathered for the annual Word Awards gala in Mississauga. Sponsors attended, presenting awards to winners along with words of encouragement, increasing motivation for writers to continue with excellence.

This year’s awards were filled with laughter, cheer, tears of joy and claps of praise.  The crowd was engaged as they listened to the ‘short’ excerpt for the Christian Living category winner; Jared Brock and Aaron Alford’s Bearded Gospel Men. Laughter was heard throughout the hall as the follicular funnies kept coming.Aaron Alford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kevin john white and Julie HillThe most inspirational aspect of the 2018 Gala that attendees will not soon forget, was the acceptance speech of Castle Quay’s 2018 Best New Canadian Manuscript Award Winner, Kevin John White from Huntsville, ON.  Kevin shared in complete humbleness and gratefulness for the mercy of God in his life.  As an alcoholic homeless man, White moved in with Steve and Julie Hill, beginning his recovery with their love and support. White expressed his thankfulness to the Hill family and especially Julie when he had her join him on stage. Communicating his gratefulness for the influence she had on his life, Kevin insisted they accept the award together. He shared how it had been Julie Hill who planted the idea for his journals to become a book. As White finished his heartfelt speech, a thunderous applause was heard throughout the building when people rose to their feet for a standing ovation.

“Dancing on a Razor is a collection of short stories taken from the life of Kevin John White, a homeless alcoholic street beggar. What begins as a journal penned by the trembling hand of a hopeless wino, gradually changes into a powerful realization of God’s love for a terribly broken man. It is as he writes this “book” that Kevin sees God’s hand through all his years of wandering aimlessly across the country, and he is undone by the amazing grace God has poured over him for so long.”

This year’s grand prize winner was W. Ross Hastings, taking home the $5,000 Grace Irwin Prize for the Best Book in 2018.  Ross’s book, “Echoes of Coinherence: The Trinitarian Theology and Science Together, published by Cascade Books took the full attention of the Grace Irwin judges.  Hastings was overwhelmed at the news of his win and overcome with honour being shown to him.  His immediate response was, “To God be the glory!”  Experiencing a recent back injury, Hastings was not able to attend but sent his video acceptance speech for all to hear, voicing his gratefulness to the Irwin family for their years of involvement to writers in Canada. Honourable mentions were given to Mark Clark and Faye Hall for their excellent entries.

Karen Stiller appropriately won the 2018 Debra Fieguth, Social Justice award with her piece, “Welcoming Refugees in Uganda”, published in Faith Today magazine, as coming to the aid of refugees close to Debra’s heart.  When Karen received confirmation that she won this award she immediately cried, sharing how important this win was to her, having been a friend of the late Debra Fieguth.  Honourable mention was given to Angela Reitsma Bick for her article “God’s Infinite Love: Speaking Up After a Son’s Suicide” on such a heart-breaking topic, as printed in the Christian Courier. 

This year’s recipient of the Harvey/Mackey award for excellence in journalism was Craig Macartney for his article on “Rev. Lim and the Church That Prayed Him Out”, published in Faith Today magazine.  Macartney encouraged the audience to allow God to take what they have and use it for God’s glory.  Sharing parts of his life story of how God took an unlikely and seemingly “unqualified” person to influence others through his writing, Craig inspired those listening to believe God could do the same through them.

Throughout the evening, the musings of Scott Radley kept the crowd laughing.  This veteran newspaper columnist and host of The Scott Radley Show on Radio 900CHML, fulfilled the role of Gala Master of Ceremonies for The Word Awards held at Roma’s Hospitality Centre in Mississauga.

Following is the complete list of award winners:

LESLIE K. TARR AWARD

  • Glen Argan

GRACE IRWIN AWARD

Winner

  • Ross Hastings: Vancouver, BC Echoes of Coinherence: Trinitarian Theology and Science Together (Cascade Books)

Honorable Mentions

  • Mark Clark: Vancouver, BC The Problem of God (Zondervan)
  • Faye Hall (Malcolm Guite): Winnipeg, MB Seven Whole Days (Castle Quay Books)

DEBRA FIEGUTH AWARD

Winner

  • Karen Stiller: Ottawa, ON “Welcoming Refugees in Uganda” (Faith Today)

Honorable Mention

  • Angela Reitsma Bick: Newcastle, ON “God’s Infinite Love: Speaking Up After a Son’s Suicide” (Christian Courier)

HARVEY / MACKEY AWARD

  • Craig Macartney: Ottawa, ON “Rev. Lim and the Church That Prayed Him Out” (Faith Today)

CASTLE QUAY BEST NEW CANADIAN MANUSCRIPT

  • Kevin John White: Huntsville, ON Dancing On A Razor

ARTICLE / SHORT PIECES (ASP) – CHRISTIAN

BLOG

Sheila Wray-Gregoire: Belleville, ON “The awful legacy of Hugh Hefner” www.tolovehonourandvacuum.com

COLUMN SERIES

  • Carolyn Arends: SURREY, BC “Response-ability,” andA Persistent Problem(Faith Today)

COLUMN SINGLE

  • Steve Bell: Winnipeg, MB “Success: The Art of Staying Closely Behind” (Seven Magazine)

INSPIRATIONAL/DEVOTIONAL

  • Carolyn Arends: Surrey, BC “Happy Birthday, Dear Church” (Christianity Today)

LONG FEATURE

  • Karen Stiller: Ottawa, ON “Welcoming Refugees in Uganda” (Faith Today)

NEWS

  • Craig Macartney: Ottawa, ON “Rev. Lim and the Church That Prayed Him Out” (Faith Today)

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Marguerite Cummings: Toronto, ON “Baby in The Manger” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider; That’s Life! Communications)

POETRY

  • Sandy Ayer: Calgary, AB “Resurrection Breakfast(Crux)

SHORT STORY

  • Sally Meadows: “A Blessed Christmas” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)

PROFILE/HUMAN INTEREST

  • Angela Reitsma Bick: Newcastle, ON “God’s Infinite Love: Speaking Up After a Son’s Suicide” (Christian Courier)

SHORT FEATURE

  • ·    Rose McCormick Brandon: Caledonia, ON “When a Nation Prays: The prayer story behind the miracles of Dunkirk” (Testimony)

LYRICS – TERRENCE L. BINGLEY AWARD

SONG LYRICS (TERRENCE L. BINGLEY AWARD)

  • Carolyn Arends: Surrey, BC “This is The Place”

SCRIPTS

SCRIPTS / CHRISTIAN / SHORT SCRIPT

  • Glynis Belec: Drayton, ON “The Search” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)

SCRIPTS / CHRISTIAN / FULL-LENGTH STAGE OR SCREEN PLAY

  • Barb Draper: Elmira, ON Family Ties Through Thick and Thin

SCRIPTS / GENERAL MARKET / SHORT SCRIPT

  • Marcia Laycock: Blackfalds, AB “A Pattern in Blue

ARTICLE / SHORT PIECES (ASP) – GENERAL MARKET PUBLICATIONS

COLUMN SERIES

  • Terrie Todd: Portage la Prairie, MB “Practically a Spa Day” / “A Bone to Pick” (The Herald Leader)

COLUMN SINGLE

  • Michael Coren: Toronto, ON “The man I will worship this Easter” (The Toronto Star)

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Eleanor Shepherd: Point Clair, QC “I Knew You Would Come” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)

SHORT STORIES

  • Robert Bruinsma: Edmonton, AB “Chasing Butterflies” (Christian Courier)

NOVELS – CHRISTIAN FICTION 

CHILDREN

  • Donna Simard: Saint-Lazarre, MB Shhh! It’s a Surprise! Off to Nunavut (Word Alive Press)

CONTEMPORARY

  • Reg Quist: Parksville, BC The Church at Third and Main (Christian Kindle News)

ROMANCE

  • Stacey Weeks: Brantford, ON In Too Deep (White Rose Publishing0

SUSPENSE

  • Linda Stauth: Stratford, ON Stormy Lake (Word Alive Press)

HISTORICAL

  • Terrie Todd: Portage la Prairie, MB Maggie’s War (Waterfall Press)

BOOKS – CHRISTIAN NON-FICTION

ACADEMIC

  • Ross Hastings: Vancouver, BC Echoes of Coinherence: Trinitarian Theology and Science Together (Cascade Books)

APOLOGETICS/EVANGELISM

  • Mark Clark: Vancouver, BC The Problem of God (Zondervan)

INSTRUCTIONAL

  • Preston Pouteaux: Chestermere, AB The Bees of Rainbow Falls: Finding Faith, Imagination, and Delight in Your Neighbourhood (Urban Loft Publishers)

BIBLICAL STUDIES

  • Iain Provan: North Vancouver, BC The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture (Baylor University Press)

CULTURE

  • Preston Manning: Calgary, AB Faith, Leadership and Public Life (Castle Quay Books)

CHRISTIAN LIVING

  • Jared Brock: Guelph, On & Aaron Alford: Cambridge, ON Bearded Gospel Men (Thomas Nelson)

INSPIRATIONAL/DEVOTIONAL

  • Allison Alley: London, ON Eyes to See: Reflecting God’s Love To a World in Need (Compassion Canada)

LIFE STORIES

  • Paul Boge: Winnipeg, MB Hannah’s Hope: A Mully Children’s Rescue Story (Castle Quay Books)

NOVELS  – GENERAL MARKET FICTION

CHILDREN

  • Kevin Miller: Kimberley, BC Moody Bee (Millstone Press)

BOOKS  – GENERAL MARKET NON-FICTION

CULTURE

  • Daniel Coleman: Hamilton, ON Yardwork: Biography of an Urban Place (Wolsak & Wynn)

LIFE STORIES

  • Mark Petersen: St. Stephen, NB Love Giving Well (Cascade Books)

Books – SPECIALTY

  • Faye Hall (Malcolm Guite): Winnipeg, MB Seven Whole Days (Castle Quay Books) 

FRESH INK {Student Awards}

HIGH SCHOOL

SHORT STORY

  • Sarah Brownlee: Langley, BC “My Side Of The Mountain” (Langley Christian School)

1st 3 CHAPTERS (UNPUBLISHED NOVEL)

  • Leah Beldman: Brampton, ON Cat & Maus (Home Education)

UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE

SHORT STORY

  • Kristen Wood: North York, ON Half Empty (Tyndale University College)

1st 3 CHAPTERS (UNPUBLISHED NOVEL)

  • Carly Ververs: Wasaga Beach, ON “When The Snow Comes” (Redeemer University College) 

POETRY

  • Kristen Wood: North York, ON My Brother Ozymandias (Tyndale University College) 

IN THE BEGINNING {Unpublished Work Awards}

POETRY

  • Vicki Whittemore: Cambridge, ON “SOS”

1st 3 CHAPTERS (UNPUBLISHED NOVEL)

  • Brenda Tindall: West Montrose, ON Hanging Onto Life

 


ShortlistThe Word Guild Is Pleased To Announce
The 30th Annual 2018 Word Awards Shortlist
Honouring the Best of Canadian Christian Writing from 2017

 

TORONTO, ON — (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) — Canada’s writers who speak into Canadian culture from a Christian worldview will be honoured and celebrated on the evening of Friday, June 15, 2018.

Novelists, columnists, apologists, theologians, dramatists, and songwriters are among those who will be recognized in our annual The Word Guild Awards Gala at Roma’s Hospitality Centre, 5980 Shawson Dr, Mississauga.
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Awards will be given out in 47 categories for books, stories, articles, poetry, blogs, and screenplays published in 2017 and reaching both Christian and Mainstream audiences.

“Through their commitment and ability to speak words of hope and truth,
these writers are bringing many thousands of Canadians closer to the mystery of God in Christ,
that is The Word incarnate. It’s a remarkable accomplishment to celebrate,”
~Former Chair of The Word Guild Board, Thomas Froese

Carolyn Arends of Surrey BC, Christian recording artist, songwriter, and author, leads the way with four shortlisted entries in both article and lyrics categories. Terrie Todd of Portage la Prairie MB, and Glynis Belec of Drayton ON, are shortlisted three times.

Two of Canada’s best-known newspaper columnists—Michael Coren, who writes for The Toronto Star, and Father Raymond J. De Souza, who writes for the National Post, are both shortlisted. Coren is one of many who have doubled up their chances of taking home one of the beautiful glass awards by receiving two shortlist placements. Others include Paul Boge of Winnipeg MB, Iain Provain of Vancouver BC, Angela Bick of Newcastle ON, Sally Meadows of Saskatoon SK, Tina Michele Weidelich of London ON, Karen Stiller of Ottawa ON, Eleanor Shepherd of Pointe Claire QC, Mary-Elise Wolfe of St. Catharines ON, N.J. Lindquist of Makham ON, and Rose McCormick Brandon of Caledonia, ON.

This year sees entries from the mother-daughter writing duo, Sheila Wray Gregoire and Rebecca Gregoire Lindenach. Both women are shortlisted, however the younger “one-upped” her momma by garnering not one, but two shortlist rankings.

We even have a book by former political heavyweight turned author, Preston Manning, on our shortlist!

Shortlisted books range from self-published to co-publishing to traditionally published. You will see names like Zondervan, Word Alive, Thomas Nelson, Castle Quay, and Baylor University Press amongst the shortlisted entries. Articles were written in the smallest of local publications to national newspapers.

During the evening, we will also celebrate the 8th annual presentation of the $5,000 Grace Irwin Prize, Canada’s largest literary prize for Christian authors, which will be awarded to the most outstanding book published in 2017. Excellence in social justice issues writing will be honoured with The Debra Fieguth Award. A winner will also be announced for the Harvey/Mackey Award, named after veteran journalists Bob Harvey and Lloyd Mackey. The 2nd Annual Castle Quay Best New Canadian Manuscript will be awarded for an unpublished book. The winner will receive a prize package including publication of their manuscript by Castle Quay Books.

“It’s a credit to each of the nominees, already, whether they win an award or not,
to have their work brought forward for this sort of memorable evening,” Froese said.

This year’s Gala is sure to be a meaningful time as we reflect on the accomplishments of so many writers in the past year.

Our 30th annual awards celebration will be a black-tie event. We’re requesting tuxedos or dark suits with ties for men, formal or semi-formal wear for women. However, don’t let wardrobe concerns keep you away, especially if you’re packing light or coming from a distance; just wear your best outfit! There will be a delicious meal, desert soirée and streamlined awards ceremony (so you get home before the sun come up!). For fun, we’ve added a photo booth enabling you to capture lasting memories with your friends! Professional Photos of the evening will be taken by Stephen G. Woo Photography.

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Copies of the 2018 Shortlist Media Release in both .docx and .pdf can be found on our media page

ARTICLE / SHORT PIECES (ASP) – CHRISTIAN

BLOG

  • Eleanor Shepherd: “Lent-Finding Balance”
  • Sheila Wray-Gregoire: “The awful legacy of Hugh Hefner”
  • N.J. Lindquist: “Am I Weird? A children’s book made me feel better about being me.”

COLUMN SERIES

  • Bruce Clemenger: “The Gathering Place” (Faith Today)
  • Carolyn Arends: “Response-ability,” and “A Persistent Problem” (Faith Today)

COLUMN SINGLE

  • Steve Bell: “Success: The Art of Staying Closely Behind” (Seven Magazine)
  • Emily Cramer: “Image Crafter or Image Bearer?” (Christian Courier)
  • Derek Schuurman: “Weapons of Math Destruction” (Christian Courier)

INSPIRATIONAL/DEVOTIONAL

  • Tina Michele Weidelich: “Christmas Behind Barbed-Wire Fences” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)
  • Carolyn Arends: “Happy Birthday, Dear Church” (Christianity Today)
  • Angela Bick: “Joy to the World, the Lord is Come!” (Christian Courier)

LONG FEATURE

  • Paul Spilsbury: “Jewish Theocracy and the Zealots”
  • John H. Redekop: “A Professors Pilgrimage” (Direction)
  • Karen Stiller: “Welcoming Refugees in Uganda” (Faith Today)

NEWS

  • Janice Keats: “Lucasville Woman Brings Hope to Hurricane Harvey Survivors” (Chronicle Herald)
  • Craig Macartney: “Rev. Lim and the Church That Prayed Him Out” (Faith Today)

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Carolyn Arends: “I Was an Ash Wednesday Rookie” (Christianity Today)
  • Marguerite Cummings: “Baby in The Manger” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)
  • Rose McCormick Brandon: “Oh!” (Standard Publishing (David C. Cook))

POETRY

  • Naomi Peters: “You Will Not Remember Me” (Goldrock Press)
  • Sandy Ayer: “Resurrection Breakfast”

SHORT STORY

  • Rose Scott: “Light of The World 2.0” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)
  • Sally Meadows: “A Blessed Christmas” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)
  • Robert White: “No Room?” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)

SONG LYRICS (TERRENCE L. BINGLEY AWARD)

  • Tina Michele Weidelich: “You’re Never Alone”
  • Carolyn Arends: “This is The Place”

FULL LENGTH STAGE OR SCREEN PLAY

  • Barb Draper: Family Ties Through Thick and Thin
  • Ray Wiseman: “Christmas, 1940” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)

ARTICLE / SHORT PIECES (ASP) – GENERAL MARKET PUBLICATIONS

COLUMN SERIES

  • Terrie Todd: “Practically a Spa Day” / “A Bone to Pick” (The Herald Leader)
  • Hendrik van der Breggen: “Apologia Column” (The Carillon)
  • Glynis Belec: Sugar and Spice – August 2017 – “The Canadian Way” & September 2017 – “Vanity Unleashed” (The Rural Route)

COLUNM SINGLE

  • Father Raymond de Sousa: “From sea to shining sea. A chance to celebrate Canada with faux guilt or self-congratulatory fluff” (National Post)
  • Michael Coren: “The man I will worship this Easter” (The Toronto Star)
  • Michael Coren: “Why I Pray” (The Walrus)

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Karen Stiller: “The Lonely Social Life of a Minister’s Wife” (The Walrus)
  • Valentina Gal: “Seven Silver Dollars” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)
  • Eleanor Shepherd: “I Knew You Would Come” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)

BOOKS – CHRISTIAN FICTION

CHILDREN

  • Wanda Vincent: Grumpy-bumpy Bob’s Great Day (Word Alive Press)
  • Donna Simard: Shhh! It’s a Surprise! Off to Nunavut (Word Alive Press)
  • Peter Serger: MIPD Episode 1: Robots for the Glory (Kurios Kingdom Publishing)

HISTORICAL

  • Terrie Todd: Maggie’s War (Waterfall Press)
  • Terrie Todd: Bleak Landing (Waterfall Press)

BOOKS – CHRISTIAN NON-FICTION

ACADEMIC

  • Iain Provan: The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture (Baylor University Press)
  • W. Ross Hastings: Echoes of Coinherence: Trinitarian Theology and Science Together (Cascade Books)

APOLOGETICS/EVANGELISM

  • Mark Clark: The Problem of God (Zondervan)
  • Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach: Why I Didn’t Rebel (Thomas Nelson)

BIBLICAL STUDIES

  • Garry Milley: Seven Shades of Sin: Unmasking Temptation (London Elite Images)
  • Mary-Elise Wolfe: Becoming His Story: Inspiring Women to Leadership (Castle Quay Books)
  • Iain Provan: The Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture (Baylor University Press)

CULTURE

  • Mary-Elise Wolfe: Becoming His Story: Inspiring Women to Leadership (Castle Quay Books)
  • Preston Manning: Faith, Leadership and Public Life (Castle Quay Books)
  • Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach: Why I Didn’t Rebel (Thomas Nelson)

CHRISTIAN LIVING

  • Jared Brock & Aaron Alford: Bearded Gospel Men (Thomas Nelson)
  • Mary-Elise Wolfe: Becoming His Story: Inspiring Women to Leadership (Castle Quay Books)

INSPIRATIONAL/DEVOTIONAL

  • Compassion Canada: Eyes to See: Reflecting God’s love to a world in need (Compassion Canada)
  • Belma Vardy: Because God Was There A Journey of Loss, Healing and Overcoming (Castle Quay Books)
  • Paul Boge: Hannah’s Hope: A Mully Children’s Rescue Story (Castle Quay Books)

LIFE STORIES

  • Shelaine Strom: But Pain Crept In (In the Midst Publishing)
  • Paul Boge; Hannah’s Hope: A Mully Children’s Rescue Story (Castle Quay Books)
  • Earnest Nullmeyer: How I Triumphed Over Multiple Traumas With a Smile on My Face, Sparkle in My Eyes (Castle Quay Books)

BOOKS – GENERAL MARKET NON-FICTION

LIFE STORIES

  • Mark Petersen: Love Giving Well (Cascade Books)
  • Shireen Jeejeebhoy: Concussion Is Brain Injury
  • Beverley Boissery: The Temerity of Hope (Wesbrook Bay Books)

BOOKS – SPECIALTY

  • Glynis Belec, publisher: Good Grief People (Angel Hope Publishing)
  • Faye Hall & Malcolm Guite: Seven Whole Days (Castle Quay Books)
  • N.J. Lindquist, editor: Christmas with Hot Apple Cider (That’s Life! Communications)

FRESH INK {Student Awards}

1st 3 CHAPTERS (UNPUBLISHED NOVEL)

  • Leah Beldman: Cat & Maus (Home Education)
  • Anica Best: Withered (Royal West Campus)

SHORT STORY

  • Conor Sweetman: Banquet (York University)
  • Kristen Wood: Half Empty (Tyndale University College)
  • Gloria Elekwa: My First Christmas (University of Calgary)

POETRY

  • Natasha Daley: The Dash (Tyndale University)
  • Carly Ververs: Train Thoughts (Redeemer University College)
  • Kristen Wood: My Brother Ozymandias (Tyndale University College)

IN THE BEGINNING {Unpublished Work Awards}

1st 3 CHAPTERS (UNPUBLISHED NOVEL)

  • Karen Barnstable: Hindsight
  • Brenda Tindall: Hanging Onto Life
  • Melanie Kilsby: Whiteshire Castle

POETRY

  • Vicki Whittemore: “SOS”
  • Karma Pratt: “Patchwork Soul”

HERE IS THE LISTING OF THE 2018

Best New Canadian Manuscript Header

CASTLE QUAY BEST NEW CANADIAN MANUSCRIPT
SHORT LIST

  • Geoff Dresser – Mountaintop
  • Larry McCloskey – Lament for Spilt Porter
  • Kevin John White – Dancing on a Razor
  • Carolyn Watts – Hearing The Heartbeat

MISCELLANEOUS SHORTLIST ENTRANTS

The following people will also be winning awards for their entries:

Daniel Coleman: Yardwork: Biography of an Urban Place (Wolsak & Wynn)
Robert Bruinsma: “Chasing Butterflies” (Christian Courier)
Glynis Belec: “The Search” (Christmas with Hot Apple Cider)
Stacey Weeks: In Too Deep (White Rose Publishing0
Kevin Miller: Moody Bee (Millstone Press)
Marcia Laycock: “A Pattern in Blue”
Reg Quist: The Church at Third and Main (Christian Kindle News)
Linda Stauth: Stormy Lake (Word Alive Press)
Angela Reitsma Bick: “God’s Infinite Love: Speaking Up After a Son’s Suicide” (Christian Courier)
Preston Pouteaux: The Bees of Rainbow Falls: Finding Faith, Imagination, and Delight in Your Neighbourhood (Urban Loft Publishers)
Rose McCormick Brandon: “When a Nation Prays: The prayer story behind the miracles of Dunkirk” (Testimony)
Sarah Brownlee: “My Side Of The Mountain” (Langley Christian School)
Carly Ververs: “When The Snow Comes” (Redeemer University College)

ADDITIONAL WINNERS

Winners for the following categories will be announced at The 2018 Word Awards Gala:

ASP/ CHRISTIAN PROFILE/HUMAN INTEREST & SHORT FEATURE
ASP/ GENERAL MARKET/ SHORT STORIES
SCRIPTS / CHRISTIAN / SHORT SCRIPT
SCRIPTS / GENERAL MARKET / SHORT SCRIPT
BOOKS/ CHRISTIAN/ FICTION / CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE & SUSPENCE
BOOKS/ CHRISTIAN/ NON-FICTION/ INSTRUCTIONAL
BOOKS//GENERAL MARKET/ FICTION/ CHILDREN
BOOKS/GENERAL MARKET/ NON-FICTION/ CULTURE

CASTLE QUAY BEST NEW CANADIAN MANUSCRIPT

The shortlist announcement for the Castle Quay Best New Canadian Manuscript has been rescheduled to Friday, May 25th at 12pm noon EST, due to the large number of entries and the excellence of submissions. Careful consideration is being taken by the management of Castle Quay to decipher which entry best deserves the title of Best New Canadian Manuscript in 2018!

See you all at our 30th annual awards gala!

 

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THE 2017 WORD AWARDS

CHRISTIAN CATEGORIES

BOOK CATEGORIES

Book – Academic

Hans Boersma of Vancouver, B.C. for Sacramental Preaching (Baker Academic)

Stanley Porter of Hamilton, Ont. for Sacred Tradition in the New Testament (Baker Academic)

Book – Christian Living

Cindy Palin of Olds, Alta. for The Faith Keeper (Word Alive Press)

James Smith of Grand Rapids, Mich. for You Are What You Love (Brazos Press)

Ron Hughes of Smithville, Ont. and Bob Fife of Ont. for Out: One Christian’s experience of leaving the gay community (Kregel Publications)

Book – Inspirational/Devotional

Brian Stiller of Newmarket, Ont. for An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World (Bethany Publishers)

Carol Ford of Newmarket, Ont. , Glenda Dekkema of Stouffville, Ont., Melony Teague of Richmond Hill, Ont., Claudia Loopstra of King, Ont., Marguerite Cummings of Toronto, Ont. for As the Ink Flows: Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers (Judson Press)

Sharon Simmonds of Abbotsford, B.C. for Who Am I? (Castle Quay Books)

Stacey Weeks of Brantford, Ont. and Julie Johnson of Burlington, Ont. for Unexpected Love (self)

Book – Life Stories

Amanda Legault of Plum Coulee, Man. for In My Wake (Word Alive Press)

Christine Lindsay of Hope, B.C. for Finding Sarah Finding Me (WhiteFire
Publishing)

Ron Corcoran of Victoria for Deliver Us From Evil (Friesen Press)

Ron Hughes of Smithville, Ont. and Bob Fife of Ont. for Out: One Christian’s experience of leaving the gay community (Kregel Publications)

Novel – Children

Dianne Gemmell of Newmarket, Ont. for The Fire Truck (Word Alive Press)

Donna Simard of St.Lazare, Man. for Shhh! It’s a Surprise! A Sleepover at
Grandma and Grandpa’s Farm (Word Alive Press)

Glynis Belec of Drayton, Ont. for Jesus Loves Me When I Dance (Angel Hope Publishing)

Janis Cox of Haliburton, Ont. for The Kingdom of Thrim (Siretona Creative)

Novel – Suspense

Anne Cattaruzza of Longueuil, Que. for Searching for Sheida (Westbow Press)

Sara Davison of Guelph, Ont. for The Dragon Roars (Ashberry Lane)

Sara Davison of Guelph, Ont. for The Morning Star Rises (Ashberry Lane)

ARTICLE, POETRY, AND SONG LYRIC

Article – Blog

Bruce Clemenger of Ottawa, Ont. for “The Pitfalls of Endorsing Candidates for Public Office” (http://blog.faithtoday.ca/the-pitfalls-of-endorsing-candidates-for-public-office-in-light-of-the-u-s-presidential-race-a-canadian-christian-leader-reflects/)

Dustin Schellenberg of Winnipeg for “Team Cap: Stand Firm” (http://geekdomhouse.com/team-cap-standing-firm/)

Lynn Dove of Cochrane, Alta. For “Christian Against Christian” (https://lynndove.com/2016/08/15/christian-against-christian/)

Article – Inspirational/Devotional

Carolyn Arends of Surrey, B.C. for “Artful Discipleship” (Faith Today)

Daniel Blackwell of North York, Ont. for “Taking Off the Masks – The need for recovery groups in our churches” (testimony)

Sherry Stahl of Leamington, Ont. for “The Women Of The Christmas Story – The Teenager” (http://sherrystahl.com/the-women-of-the-christmas-story-the-teenager/)

Article – Long Feature

Angela Reitsma Bick of Newcastle, Ont. for “The Stained-glass Ceiling” (Christian Courier)

Chad Wriglesworth of Vancouver, B.C. for “”The Thing I Would Like, Actually, Is to Bless You”: Acknowledging the Soul in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead” (CRUX)

Lindsay Mason of Vancouver, B.C. for “The Gravity of Desire in Marilynne Robinson’s “Housekeeping”” (CRUX)

Mark Scott of Vancouver, B.C. for “Beauty from Ashes: Aesthetic Transformations of Suffering in Gilead” (CRUX)

Article – Personal Experience

Angela Reitsma Bick of Newcastle, Ont. for “Editors Are Nothing Like Moms” (Christian Courier)

Ron Powell of St. Albert, Alta. for “Healing Comfort – A crushing experience leads to a deeper understanding” (testimony)

Tonia Pankova of Saskatoon for “A Tangled, Beautiful Mess – Living out God’s love for the orphan” (testimony)

Article – Profile/Human Interest

Angela Reitsma Bick of Newcastle, Ont. for “Everyday Patron Saints” (Christian Courier)

Daniel Richardson of Vanier, Ont. for “A Grief Observed” (TRACES Canada)

Jenny Svetec of Port Perry, Ont. for “The Right Formulae – A young woman’s passion for God, science and marginalized youth” (testimony)

Column – Series

Bruce Clemenger of Ottawa, Ont. for “Too Many Victims” and “Resignation” (Faith Today)

Carolyn Arends of Surrey, B.C. for “Believing in Jesus” and “Authentically holy” (Faith Today)

Rudy Eikelboom of Waterloo, Ont. for “Artificial Intelligence II” and “Artificial Intelligence III” (Christian Courier)

Sara Pot of St.Catharines, Ont. for “To Know and be Known” and “Grace, Grief and Stubborn Hope” (Christian Courier)

Column – Single

Carol Ford of Newmarket, Ont. for “Roadside Warnings” (bookfun.org)

Derek Schuurman of Hamilton, Ont. for “Transhumanism and the Incarnation” (Christian Courier)

Steve Bell of Winnipeg, Man. for “Red Brother Red Sister” (Mosaic Magazine)

Steve Kennedy of Peterborough, Ont. for “A Sobering Conclusion” (testimony)

Poetry

Corrine Clyne of Winnipeg, Man. for “Untitled” (Goldrock Press)

Steve Bell of Winnipeg, Man. for “Freedom Road” (Intotemak Magazine)

Violet Nesdoly of Langley, B.C. for “The Longsuffering of Old Bibles” (Utmost Christian Writers)

Song Lyrics

Marika Siewart of Vancouver for “Heal Our Land” (self)

Sally Meadows of Saskatoon, Sask. for “Holy Spirit” (self)

CROSSOVER CATEGORIES

BOOK CATEGORIES

Book – Culture

Deborah Williams of Toronto, Ont. for The Grace Factor (Castle Quay)

Patricia Paddey of Mississauga, Ont. and Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese of Ancaster, Ont. for The Game Changers: True Stories About Saving Mothers and Babies in East Africa (Graf-Martin)

Tim Huff of Toronto, Ont. and Cheryl Bear, Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, B.C. for The Honour Drum (Castle Quay)

Book – Life Stories

Bobbi Junior of Edmonton, Alta for When the Bough Breaks (self)

Patricia Paddey of Mississauga, Ont. and Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese of Ancaster, Ont. for The Game Changers: True Stories About Saving Mothers and Babies in East Africa (Graf-Martin)

Shelaine Strom of Abbotsford, B.C. for Changing Course (self)

Novel – Suspense

Lisa Hall-Wilson of London, Ont. for The Watched (self)

J.A. Menzies of Markham, Ont. for The Case of the Homeless Pup (MurderWillOut Mysteries)

ARTICLE, POETRY, AND SONG LYRIC

Column – Single

Editorial Board National Post of Toronto, Ont. for “In The Era of Fake News, The Power of True Words Adopts a Holy Light” (National Post)

Michael Coren of Toronto, Ont. for “Rest In Peace My Sweet Boy” (Toronto Star)

Raymond J De Souza of Toronto, Ont. for “Burying the Office of Religious Freedom” (National Post)

Personal Experience

David Kennedy of Peterborough, Ont. for “Some of Jim’s Finest Moments” (testimony)

Joshua Heath of Edmonton, Alta. for “All God’s Children” (Goldrock Press)

Best New Canadian Manuscript

Donna Mann of Elora, Ont. for Emma’s Call (fiction)

Karen Robichaud of Middle Sackville, N.S. for When Lions Roar (fiction)

Ron Mahler of Minden, Ont. for The Banquet: Exploring the Greatest Invitation Extended to Humanity (non-fiction)

Uzoma Uponi of Calgary, Alta. for The Colour of Trouble (fiction)
Awards will be presented on June 23rd to the winners of these categories for which there are no shortlists of finalists:

Book – Christian Biblical Studies Book – Christian Children, Book – Christian Culture, Novel – Christian Contemporary, Novel – Christian Historical, Novel – Christian Romance, Article – Christian Short Feature, Short Story – Christian, Vie Chrétienne ,
Short Story – Crossover, Article – Crossover Long Feature, Novel – Crossover Young Adult