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2012 Amy Writing Award Winners:
First Prize: Bethany Starin ($10,000)
Second Prize: J. Mark Fox ($5,000)
Third Prize: Norris Burkes ($4,000)
Fourth Prize: Delvyn C. Case ($3,000)
Fifth Prize: John A. Murray ($2,000)
Award of Outstanding Merit ($1,000): Jack Cavanaugh, Pierre Eade, Shane Idleman, Jon Kleinknecht, Carolyn R. Scheidies, Dayle Shockley, Steve Cornell, Billy Watkins, Kim Wier, and Michael Helms.
Their prize-winning articles are posted on the Amy Writing Award page.
Amy Writing Awards: Beginning in 2013, The Amy Foundation is pleased to partner with World News Group. Please visit www.worldmag.com/amyawards for more information. World News Group will take over the administration of the awards while the Amy Foundation will continue to award the prize money.
For additional information on the Amy Writing Awards as well as other contests offered by WORLD, please click here.
For a one-page print-out of the Amy Writing Award contest rules, click here.
Upcoming Christian Writer Conferences:
Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, May 17-18, 2013 in beautiful Seattle, Washington. Featuring keynote speaker and beloved historical author Jane Kirkpatrick, whose books have been Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month selections. 23 workshops, 20 presenters, and a spirit not of competition but of encouragement, using our gifts in the service of God. Be inspired, be refreshed, and network like there’s no tomorrow! The Renewal is one of the most reasonably-priced boutique writers conferences in the land.
Check out the full schedule, our editorial and agent reps, and register online at www.nwchristianwriters.org.
The Colorado Christian Writers Conference (May 15-18, 2013, in Estes Park, CO) offers a wide array of learning and connecting opportunities for writers. Rusty Wright will represent the Amy Foundation, presenting workshops on using humor and sifting truth from error, plus a plenary presentation on “Responding to the Great Commission.”
The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (May 19-23, 2013, at Ridgecrest, NC, near Asheville) is also a great place to learn and connect. Rusty also will represent the Amy Foundation there, presenting a continuing class on “Effectively Communicating Christ to Non-Christian Audiences” plus workshops on using humor and finding common ground with skeptics.
Write-to-Publish Conference: YOUR KEY TO GETTING PUBLISHED and earning extra income: Write-to-Publish Conference, June 5-8, Chicago area. Classes for beginning through career writers, meetings with editors and agents, manuscript evaluations. Details: www.writetopublish.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The eighth annual Antelope Valley Christian Writers’ Conference is coming soon. Our mountaintop setting, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, promises to inspire and motivate like never before. No matter what it is that you write, you are welcome to join us.
- Group discounts for schools and churches
- Early-registration discounts
- Personal appointments with editors and agents
- Workshops for fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriters
- Specialized track for teen writers
- Peer critique sessions
- Hiking trails and planned activities
- More classes, fellowship, and free time
The action begins on the afternoon of October 10, 2013. We hope you will join us for a time of refreshing in the desert. Check back for regular updates at www.avwriters.com
From Syndicate Writer Rusty Wright:
Rusty Wright, a previous winner of multiple Amy Writing Awards, an Amy Internet Syndicate author, and guest speaker many Christian Writers Conferences was recently interviewed by Alton Gansky of Gansky Communications. "I was honored when Al Gansky asked to interview me on video about my recent article, Evangelicals’ Image Problem. He wanted us to analyze the op-ed to help Christian writers sharpen their skills. Perhaps this video can be of use to the communicators in your own circles."
Anatomy of an Article: Writing for Skeptics. Prolific author Alton Gansky – director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference – interviews Rusty Wright about his short op-ed, Evangelicals’ Image Problem. Follow along with the article as Al and Rusty dissect it on video. Discover ways to attract and keep attention; connect with skeptical readers; select effective words and colorful illustrations that move people emotionally and intellectually; and offer resolution for impact. (Online video, 31:06)
Click “here” to view a previous interview between Alton Gansky and Rusty Wright about The Amy Foundation and the Amy Writing Awards.
Alton Gansky is a fulltime writer with an eclectic background. He has been a firefighter, spent a decade in architecture, and twenty-two years as a Baptist minister. He is the author of forty or so books, both fiction and nonfiction and has written for a variety of businesses. In addition to his own writing, Alton, through his company Gansky Communications, provides writing services to publishers, agents, businesses, and other authors. An active public speaker, Alton has delivered messages, seminars, and classes across the country, and in Canada. Alton directs two conferences for writers: The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in Ridgecrest, North Carolina; and the Southwest Christian Writers Studio in Glorieta, New Mexico.
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