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
3rd place: Audra Harders, Precious Possessions
2nd place: Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Promised Blessings
1st place: Pam Hillman, Stealing Jake's Heart
3rd place: Suzan Robertson, The Circle Game
2nd place: Dineen Miller, Manna Reign
1st place: Marci J. Burke, Shadow of Doubt
3rd place: Rebecca Grabill, Out of Darkness
2nd place: Chris Mikesell, Revival
1st place: Sally A. Apokedak, The Kisses of an Enemy
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
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
3rd place: Myra Johnson, Pearl of Great Price
2nd place: Angie Poole, Gravehopping With Myrna
1st place: Jennifer Griffith, Gumbo Ya Ya
3rd place: Kathleen Sprout, The Choice
2nd place: Ane Mulligan, When the Wind Blows
1st place: Kristine Pratt, Identity Theft
3rd place: Janet Rubin, Beneath the Steeple
2nd place: Gina Holmes, Deception Burning
1st place: Jane Robertson, Curst Be the Tie
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...