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Book awards voting open – and new competition for children's book writers

The public vote is now open for the Speaking Volumes Christian Book Awards 2014, and the Association of Christian Writers has launched a new competition for children's book writers ...

The public vote is now open for the Speaking Volumes Christian Book Awards 2014 and the Association of Christian Writers has launched a new competition for children's book writers ...

SPEAKING VOLUMES CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARDS

Members of the public are invited to vote on shortlisted titles, chosen by a panel of experts, before the 31 March deadline.

Every two years, Speaking Volumes runs an award for the Christian books that are most accessible to a wide readership and would best help readers have a  better understanding of Christianity. There are shortlists of five books each for both adults’ and children’s categories.

This year's shortlisted titles are:

ADULTS

C S Lewis - A Life by Alister McGrath (Hodder Faith, ISBN 9781444745542)
Why? by Sharon Dirckx (IVP, ISBN 9781844746194)
John Bunyan, the People's Pilgrim by Peter Morden (CWR, ISBN 9781853458361)
Justin Welby: The Road to Canterbury by Andrew Atherstone (DLT, ISBN 9780232529944)
The Story of the Holy Land by Peter Walker (Lion, ISBN 9780745955827)

CHILDREN

Noah's Ark by Katherine Sully (QED, ISBN 9781848358515)
Topz Secret Stories: One Too Many for Benny by Alexa Tewkesbury (CWR, ISBN 9781853459153)
Professor Bumblebrain's Bonkers Book on Parables by Andy Robb (CWR, ISBN 9781853459474)
The Easter Story by Katherine Sully (QED, ISBN 9781781711712)
The Story of Christmas by Mary Joslin & Alida Massari (Lion Children's, ISBN 9780745961163)

The winning author receives a £1,000 cash prize – a welcome contribution to living costs while they work on their next book.

Votes can be cast at www.christianbookawards.org until 31 March.

Every vote receives a free ticket to the International Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, where the awards will be made by BBC presenter Pam Rhodes (Songs of Praise, pictured right) on 13 May. The public is welcome to attend the awards presentation in the Parkview Suite at 11.30am. Shortlisted authors will also be there, to sign copies of their books.

NEW COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS

The Association of Christian Writers is launching a new competition looking for a short story of no more than 1000 words, aimed at those in primary school years 3-6. The theme is 'encouragement’ and can be interpreted however the writer sees fit.

Stories do not need to be explicitly Christian, but should reflect a Christian worldview.

The judges for this competition will be Janet Wilson of Dernier Publishing and Vicki Howie, children’s writer and storyteller.

First prize: £50
Second prize: £25
Third prize: £10
 
Writers are able to enter up to three entries.

Entry fees: Non ACW members: £3 for first entry, £2 for each subsequent entry.
ACW Members: £2 for first entry, £1 for each subsequent entry.

Competition deadline: 5 May 2014

For more details see www.christianwriters.org.uk/competitions

 

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