Congratulations to all the winners on a job well-done!
The Word Guild recently held their 32nd Annual Awards presentation, honouring Canadian Christian literary excellence. The show was co-hosted by Soul H2O host, author, blogger and awards coordinator, Sherry Stahl, alongside best-selling author, speaker and missionary, Joe Amaral. Board Chair, David Kitz, welcomed everyone and opened the ceremonies in prayer. Sponsors graciously helped broadcast the news and announced winners in their respective awards classes.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the annual Gala was cancelled, so the 2020 Celebration was pre-recorded, and streamed through Facebook and YouTube. What some feared could be a negative experience, proved to be a huge success! The online platform provided greater promotion for Canadian Christian writers featured on the list. People watched across Canada and around the globe. Many continue to view and share the recording through the two social media platforms and a link on The Word Guild website finalist page.
“This year’s awards celebration was an amazing event. Canadians cheered on their favourite authors from the comfort of their own home,” says Stahl. The celebration was a great time to reflect on the accomplishments of many writers in the past year. Parties were held around the globe as one scholarship and 58 awards were given out in 56 categories that included: novelists, bloggers, columnists, apologists, theologians, and songwriters, reaching both Christian and mainstream audiences.
Book winners ranged from self-published, to co-published, to traditionally-published with publishing houses like Castle Quay Books, Harvest House, Word Alive Press, InterVarsity Press, B&H Publishing and Thomas Nelson. Articles were written in the smallest of local publications to national newspapers and magazines like Testimony, Christian Courier, Crux, Faith Today, and The Light Magazine.
Janet Surette was this year’s big winner! She impressively took home three wins. Surette received the largest literary prize in Canada for ‘Christians with the Best Canadian Book Award’. She also won for her book’s category and the Best Canadian Book Cover Award.
Newcomer, Melanie Stevenson of Cambridge, ON, took home the Best Canadian New Author Award. Stevenson published two books in her debut year. Two books, three nominations on the shortlist and two award wins. What an entry into the literary world!
Amazingly, eight writers took home two winning awards. They were Julia Friesen, Paul C. Breen, Eleanor Bertin, Carolyn Arends, Craig Macartney, Terrie Todd, Melanie Stevenson and Susan Doherty. A heartfelt tribute was given in honour of Michael D. O’Brien as the recipient of the Castle Quay Books sponsored, Leslie K. Tarr Lifetime Achievement Award. As a survivor of Residential School living, O’Brien overcame his past to become an author, magazine editor, essayist, artist, and a well-known lecturer on faith and culture.
During the evening, Ruth Coghill and Sara Davison were honoured for excellence in social justice issues writing with The Debra Fieguth Award. Former awards winner, Preston Pouteaux, took home the Harvey/Mackey New Journalist Award. The 4thAnnual Castle Quay Best New Canadian Manuscript award went to Larry McCloskey of Ottawa, ON with a prize package that includes publication of his unpublished manuscript by Castle Quay Books.
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