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  • 2012 Carol Award Winners

    (Dallas, Texas) At the 11th annual ACFW Gala Awards, winners of the 2012 Carol Awards were announced. The Carol Awards evolved from ACFW’s Book of the Year Awards to honor the highest achievement for published authors of Christian fiction.

    Honoring excellence in Christian fiction of all genres, American Christian Fiction Writers is pleased to reveal the 2012 Carol Award winners:

    Debut Novel:
    Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson)

    Long Contemporary:
    The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell)

    Long Contemporary Romance:
    My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren (Tyndale)

    Long Historical:
    Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson)

    Long Historical Romance:
    To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers)

    Falling to Pieces: A Shipshewana Amish Mystery by Vannetta Chapman (Zondervan)

    An Accidental Christmas from A Biltmore Christmas by Diane T. Ashley/Aaron McCarver (Barbour Publishing)

    Romantic Suspense:
    Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson)

    Short Contemporary:
    Lakeside Reunion by Lisa Jordan (Love Inspired)

    Short Contemporary Suspense:
    Nightwatch by Valerie Hansen (Love Inspired Suspense)

    Short Historical:
    The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh (Revell)

    Speculative Fiction:
    Broken Sight by Steve Rzasa (Marcher Lord Press)

    Fallen Angel by Major Jeff Struecker/Alton Gansky (B & H Fiction)

    Women’s Fiction:
    Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate (Penguin Praise/Berkley)

    Young Adult:
    The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)

    Other awards given out during the gala include:

    Editor of the Year – Julee Schwarzburg
    Agent of the Year - Nicole Resciniti (The Seymour Agency)
    Mentor of the Year – Allison Pittman
    Member Service Award – Jeanne Marie Leach
    Lifetime Achievement Award – Allen Arnold

    About ACFW: ACFW is devoted to training its writers, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional Christian fiction publishing industry. With more than 2600 members and 29 total chapters in 18 states, as well as a beyond-the-borders e-chapter, ACFW speaks as The Voice of Christian Fiction. For more information about ACFW and upcoming conferences, visit or contact Allison Wilson, Conference Administrator, at