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Contests from a Judge’s Perspective

by Lisa Jordan Rejection, though undeniably painful, does not have to hold us back from accomplishing what God wants us to do. ~Jennifer Benson Shuldt After entering one of my first writing contests, I was determined never to enter another. … Continue reading

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Giving Back

by Roxanne Rustand Way back at the beginning of my writing journey, I’d been a lifelong, avid reader, but I knew nothing about writing fiction. I started my first story just for fun, not imagining it ever becoming a book … Continue reading

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Writing Contests – What’s In It For You if You Enter?

by Pamela S. Meyers Wanda Writer signed on to the ACFW eloop and scanned the list of posts. She kept her finger poised over the delete key, clicking on it every so often, picking and choosing which posts to keep … Continue reading

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Writing Contests and You!

By Roxanne Rustand ACFW is a wonderful source of education, networking, and industry information, and offers another opportunity: its annual contest for unpublished writers. There are other non-ACFW contests during the year as well. Entering contests can be very helpful, … Continue reading

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More Right Than Wrong

by Arlene James Judging contests and critiquing manuscripts are activities that can swamp a writer if she isn’t careful, but they can also be rewarding, I believe, for both the unpublished and the published. I sold into publication before professional … Continue reading

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Congratulations Christy Award Finalists

ACFW sends our congratulations to the 2012 finalists for the Christy Awards, especially to the many ACFW members! The 2012 Christy Award nominees are: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren* (Tyndale House Publishers) Larkspur Cove by Lisa … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Contests are Important

by Beverly Varnado Before I attended my first writer’s conference several years ago, I wrote several articles and devotions for an unpublished writer’s competition sponsored by the conference. I worked and reworked the pieces, making sure I’d made them the … Continue reading

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Contests: Not About Winning

by Christine Lindsay The season of contests is upon us. There’s is nothing better than being nominated for an award, or even better winning an award to boost your chances of publication or selling your books. But what if year … Continue reading

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Afictionado Carol Edition Up

Because of the outstanding work of Afictionado’s staff of reviewers, and particularly our book review editor Vicki Talley McCollum and web guru Carl Nasal, we were able to post our Special Edition on the Carol Award finalists and winners early! … Continue reading

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Contests–We love to hate them. But should we?

by Sandra Orchard Every year the writing contest season climaxes with a flurry of complaints on writers’ loops about conflicting judges’ comments and incongruent scores. Been there. Done that. Totally empathize. But…from my experience entering contests is a worthwhile investment. … Continue reading

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Genesis Success Stories

Would you believe that around 75 Genesis finalists have gone on to become published–and a number of them multi-published? I thought it might be encouraging to hear from some of these people who have walked where you not-yet-published writers are … Continue reading

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The Genesis Contest leads to Publication

Every year I look forward to September and the ACFW conference. It’s is my absolute favorite writers’ conference. Besides the wonderful workshops, continuing education classes and learning about the latest in the publishing industry, it’s like a huge family reunion. … Continue reading

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2011 Carol Award Finalists

ACFW announces finalists for Christian Fiction’s prestigious Carol Awards (Atlanta, GA) At ICRS, in a press conference hosted by ACFW and CBA, ACFW proudly announced the finalists in the Carol Awards. The Carol Awards evolved from ACFW’s Book of the … Continue reading

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ACFW Conference – A Must Attend

A word from ACFW’s President, Margaret Daley: You may think because I am the president of ACFW, that I have to feel that way about our upcoming conference in St. Louis, MO (September 22-25). I’ll let you in on a … Continue reading

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ACFW Author Creatively Helps Haitian Earthquake Victims!

Guest Author: Michelle Levigne My newest book in my Tabor Heights, Ohio series was released Monday at Desert Breeze Publishing. “The Family Way” In conjunction with the release of “The Family Way,” I’m having a fundraiser to benefit the Salvation … Continue reading

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