2009 Canadian Christian Writing Awards

Writer Author  The Word Guild
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Christian Author Writer Contest provides October and January entry deadlines for work published during 2008

Toronto - The Word Guild is once more offering a two-stage deadline system for entering books and articles in The Canadian Christian Writing Awards.

In Round One, entries for work published during the first nine months of the year (January through September) must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2008.

In Round Two, entries for work published during the last three months of the year (October through December) must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2009. Writers who miss the first deadline will not be disqualified from the contest, but will need to pay a higher entry fee.

The contest is open to any Canadian citizen or permanent resident who affirms The Apostles' Creed. Entrants range from journalists and academics, to writers who have self-published their first book or who publish exclusively on the Internet.

Winners from the 2008 contest included Bruxy Cavey, teaching pastor of The Meeting House in Oakville, Ontario, for The End of Religion; founder of L'Arche, Jean Vanier of Trosly-Breuil, France, for Our Life Together: A Memoir in Letters; James Houston of Vancouver for Letters of Faith Through the Seasons; and William P. Young of Gresham, Oregon, for The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity, in the contemporary novel category.

The awards honour the best writing published in 34 categories, including novels, nonfiction books, news articles, devotionals, columns, poems, short stories, song lyrics, and scripts or screenplays. Both writers and publishers may submit work for the contest.

Co-founder Wendy Elaine Nelles noted that the contest's increasing publicity, including the black-tie Awards Galas that The Word Guild has produced for the past three years, is generating more recognition for Canadian writers who are Christian.

"Our goal is to inspire excellence, and to strengthen the Canadian Christian writing and publishing community," she explained. "Canadians need to hear the insights and unique perspectives of their fellow Canadians. Writing awards create more public awareness, and result in additional readers and new markets."

All entrants receive a copy of the judge's comments, which will help them to improve their work. In addition to a cash prize, a gold lapel pin and a certificate suitable for framing, winners will receive on-stage recognition at the Awards Gala on June 17, 2009.

The Word Guild is a national association with the mandate of connecting, developing and promoting Canadian writers and editors who are Christian.

The contest is now open for entries; for submission guidelines and entry form, go to The Word Guild. Click on "contests/awards."

Go here for a full list of Award Categories.

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Formerly known as The God Uses Ink Awards, these writing prizes have been awarded annually since 1988. Since The Word Guild assumed responsibility for the awards in 2002, the program has been revamped and expanded from six to 34 awards, encompassing 19 book categories and 15 article/short piece categories.

The Word Guild contests are open to all eligible writers who have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status, and are not restricted to members of The Word Guild. All entrants are asked to affirm The Apostles' Creed as a condition of acceptance in the contest.

The Word Guild, an association of more than 300 Canadian writers and editors who are Christian, including some 95 professional members, was founded in 2002. Members are committed to encouraging one another and fostering standards of excellence in the art, craft, practice and ministry of writing.

The long-term vision is to impact the Canadian culture through writing from a Christian worldview. Immediate goals are to help writers and editors at all stages connect with each other, develop new skills and discover new publishing opportunities.

Three categories of membership are available: professional writers and editors; associate members who are beginning to put together a body of published work; and affiliate members, for those working in related fields such as publishers, booksellers and church librarians. Member benefits include a discounted contest entry fee for The Canadian Christian Writing Awards.

For more information about The Word Guild, go to The Word Guild website.

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