While we didn’t enter the book Hot Apple Cider in the The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards (because The Word Guild had worked with us to donate 30,000 copies of the book to World Vision’s Girls Night Out events), individual authors were encouraged to enter. As a result, pieces from Hot Apple Cider were finalists for seven awards, and five won.
June 18, 2009
For immediate release
NEWCOMERS AND VETERANS TOP THE WORD GUILD 2009 AWARDS
Toronto—A novel set during the Roman Empire and a series of articles from the anthology Hot Apple Cider were the most awarded publications at The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards this year. Awards were given in 30 independently judged categories, including non-fiction books, novels, articles, columns and poems published during 2008…..
Below is the list of winning articles. Awards are given only if a certain standard of excellence is met. An Award of Merit is giving to an entry that is only a mark or so below the winner.
Article—General Readership (articles that explain or encourage faith for mainstream readers)
Winner: N. J. Lindquist of Markham, Ont. for “The Diamond Ring” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
Award of Merit: N. J. Lindquist of Markham, Ont. for “My Letter to the Editor” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
Award of Merit: Eleanor Shepherd of Pointe Claire, Que. for “Living Outside Our Comfort Zones” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
Other finalists from Hot Apple Cider were:
Angelina Fast Vlaar of St. Catharines, Ont. for “It Was Then That I Carried You” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
Bonnie Grove of Saskatoon, Sask. for “Stuckville Cafe” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
Ray’s wife Anna Wiseman was given a Special Recognition Award by The Word Guild for her contribution to Ray’s writing.
All photographs taken by Audrey Tavares.