“On June 13, The Word Guild will present Canada's top Christian writing awards for 2012, rewarding the best in Christian writing during 2011. Awards Administrator Mary Ann Benjamins reports a record of almost 360 submissions - up more than one hundred over last year!
The quality of entries remains high. Audrey Dorsch, a judge in one of the book categories, remarked, “It was very difficult to choose among the top three in the category - but that sort of difficulty says a lot about the calibre of books entered.”
[Finalists] will be honoured at the 2012 Awards Gala in Mississauga, Ontario, on Wednesday evening, June 13.
A highlight of the evening will be the third annual presentation of the Grace Irwin Award. This $5,000 award - donated by retired book publisher John W. Irwin (nephew of the award's namesake) and his wife Eleanor - represents Canada's largest literary prize for writers who are Christian. It will celebrate the best book published in 2011 by a Canadian author who writes from a Christian worldview. The entries for this award consist of all the shortlisted books. For the winner this will be the “icing on the cake.”
The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards Gala will be held at the World Vision headquarters, 1 World Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the general public. Tickets available at the door for $20.00, and online.”
I would like to thank an old family friend Ann Benoit for insisting – such an understatement – she practically reached through the phone to get me to surf to the website – that I enter these awards. I did not think for a moment I had a chance, but hey She is in! Now, I wait a mere six weeks, six days, 23 hours, and ten minutes for the winners to be announced.
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