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    Virtual Gala Reveals 2020 ACFW Christian Fiction and Industry Awards

    Palm Bay, FL: The American Christian Fiction Writers first virtual conference included a virtual gala, during which their 2020 honors were awarded. Among them were the winners of the 2020 Carol Awards, honoring Christian fiction published in the previous calendar year. Congratulations to these Carol Award winning authors and their publishing houses and editors.

    Contemporary
    The Death of Mungo Blackwell by Lauren H. Brandenburg; Lion Fiction (Monarch Publishing); Editor - Jessica Gladwell
     
    Historical
    Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson; Tyndale House; Editors – Stephanie Broene and Kathryn Olson

    Historical Romance
    The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin; Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editors: Vicki Crumpton and Kristin Kornoelje
     
    Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
    The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal; Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editor – Andrea Doering

    Novella
    The Groom She’d Thought She Left Behind (from The Runaway Brides Collection) by Darlene Panzera; Barbour Publishing; Editors: Rebecca Germany and Ellen Tarver

    Romance
    Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon; Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editors: Kristin Kornoelje and Jennifer Leep

    Romantic Suspense
    The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey; Bethany House (Baker) Publishing; Editor: Dave Long

    Short Novel
    A Rancher to Trust by Laurel Blount; Love Inspired (Harlequin); Editor: Connolly Bottum

    Speculative
    Brand of Light by Ronie Kendig; Enclave Publishing; Editor: Reagen Reed

    Young Adult
    Romanov by Nadine Brandes; HarperCollins Christian Publishing; Editor: Becky Monds

    Debut Author
    Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens; Shiloh Run Press – An Imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc.; Editor: Annie Tipton

    Congratulations also go to the winners of the 2020 Genesis Contest for to-date unpublished Christian fiction, as follows:

    Contemporary
    Sara Brunsvold – The Indelible Deaths of Mrs. Kip

    Historical
    Jessica Sly – Puppet Master

    Historical Romance
    Rhonda Ortiz – The Life We Greet

    Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
    Andy Brodrick - Sober

    Novella
    Joey Rudder – Especially Now

    Romance
    Kerry Johnson – Mary and Bright

    Romantic Suspense
    Hope Welborn – Out of Sight

    Short Novel
    Sami Abrams – Deadly Cold Case Reunion

    Speculative
    Paige Reed - Rending

    Young Adult
    Jill K. Willis – The Demons Among Us

    Also announced during the virtual gala were the following:

    Editor of the Year—Jocelyn Bailey, HarperCollins Christian Publishing

    Agent of the Year—Cynthia Ruchti, Books & Such Literary Management

    Mentor of the Year—Chautona Havig

    Special thanks to the contest coordinators: Genesis Contest Coordinator—Teresa Haugh, Carol Award Coordinator—Nick Kording, ACFW Contests Administrator—Robert Turner, and to the judges, assistants, and ACFW staff.

    ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) is a professional organization devoted to the craft of Christian Fiction. Its mission is to “help you tell your stories by inspiring you to partner with God in the creative process, learn the craft, and find your audience.”


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