Surprised Writer Wins Top Prize for First Novel
The 24th annual Canadian Christian Writing awards presents the top prizes for best writing in 2011.
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - She could hardly believe her ears. As an excerpt was being read from her book The Third Grace, Deb Elkink was both astonished and elated at being selected as the Grace Irwin Award winner at the 24th annual Canadian Christian Writing Awards gala. Elkink skipped to the podium to the delight of the 200-plus attendees gathered in the World Vision Canada auditorium.
Crowd gathers at Canadian Christian Writing Awards Gala 2012
“I was shocked because I was a little disappointed, because I hadn’t won in the category in which I’d been listed,” says Elkink - who’d received an Award of Merit in the Novel-Contemporary category. “I’m absolutely delighted.”
The $5,000.00 award - donated by John W. and Eleanor Irwin - represents Canada’s largest literary award for writers who are Christian. It recognizes the best book published during the previous year.
This year, five of the 53 books entered were shortlisted for the Grace Irwin Award: Deb Elkink, The Third Grace; Erin E. M. Hatton, Otherworld; Greg Paul, Close Enough to Hear God Breathe; Jayne E. Self, Murder in Hum Harbour; and Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts. Greg Paul and Jayne E. Self each received an Honourable Mention.
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