Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe

Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains

Monday, October 01, 2007

ACFW Conference


Recently, I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas, TX.
Spending three days with over 400 writers was both exhausting and exhilarating!

I managed to attend a few workshops and picked up a great new writing tips and techniques. But the fellowship with writer friends was priceless.

Saturday evening's award banquet was as exciting as promised. I enjoyed watching my friend and critique partner receive the Mentor of the Year award and another critique partner win 1st place in the Contemporary Category of the Genesis Contest!

Congratulations Linda Kozar – Mentor of the Year (on the Right)

Congratulations Jennifer Griffith (on left)–First Place Contemporary Fiction for Gumbo Ya Ya.

Here's a complete list of winners:

Contemporary Romance (includes romantic comedy)



3rd place: Jennifer Hudson Taylor, By His Plan



2nd place: Jennifer Lynn Cary, On The Court

1st place: Audra Harders, Rough Ride



Historical Romance


3rd place: Audra Harders, Precious Possessions


2nd place: Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Promised Blessings


1st place: Pam Hillman, Stealing Jake's Heart





Romantic Suspense


3rd place: Suzan Robertson, The Circle Game


2nd place: Dineen Miller, Manna Reign


1st place: Marci J. Burke, Shadow of Doubt



Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Allegory


3rd place: Rebecca Grabill, Out of Darkness


2nd place: Chris Mikesell, Revival


1st place: Sally A. Apokedak, The Kisses of an Enemy



Historical Fiction


3rd place: Marcia Gruver, Love Never Fails AND Yvonne Anderson, Mom's Mirror


2nd place: Tina Helmuth, Hidden Snares


1st place: Carla Stewart, A Dandelion Day





Young Adult


3rd place: Sally Apokedak, Prisoners of the Throne


2nd place: Linda Fulkerson, The Rod of Schmazel


1st place: Rachael Phillips, Song of the Orphan Train



Contemporary Fiction


3rd place: Myra Johnson, Pearl of Great Price


2nd place: Angie Poole, Gravehopping With Myrna


1st place: Jennifer Griffith, Gumbo Ya Ya





Women's Fiction


3rd place: Kathleen Sprout, The Choice


2nd place: Ane Mulligan, When the Wind Blows


1st place: Kristine Pratt, Identity Theft



Mystery/Suspense/Thriller


3rd place: Janet Rubin, Beneath the Steeple


2nd place: Gina Holmes, Deception Burning


1st place: Jane Robertson, Curst Be the Tie



Chick/Mom/Hen/Lady Lit


3rd place: Jenness Walker and Tracy Bowen, Bliss


2nd place: Georgiana Daniels, Honey Do Inc.


1st place: Carrie Padgett, Oh Shop It

Congratulations to all the Winners!!!





A special note to those that entered and did not win: You are winners also. It takes courage to send your words for someone else to judge. I hope you've reviewed the critiques and found amazing ways to improve your work.





Keep pressing for improvement. God calls us to give Him our best. From there He takes care of the rest...

2 comments:

Jennifer L. Griffith said...

Thanks for the holler and hello. May the Lord bless you with an abundance of creativity and wisdom to get those proposals done and manuscripts finished. Woo woo woo! You're in a beautiful, quiet place to write. Just let it flow...

Marian Merritt said...

Jennifer,

Thanks for the prayer!! I pray the same for you!