|AWSA announces Golden Scroll winners|
|Written by Taylor Berglund|
|Wednesday, 28 June 2017 07:40 PM America/New_York|
Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA) announced the winners of the 2017 Golden Scroll Awards on Tuesday, June 27, at the Golden Scroll Banquet at the Hilton Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati.
Kregel Publishers won the Golden Scroll Publisher of the Year Award, which honors outstanding ministry partnerships between a publisher and its authors.
Letitia Suk, an AWSA author, praised Kregel.
“I’m proud to have Kregel’s name on my book and so grateful for their support and investment in me,” Suk said.
Stephen Barcliff won the Golden Scroll Nonfiction Editor of the Year Award. Suk also spoke of her respect for Barcliff.
“Steve is sharp and smart about business but always has time for his authors,” Suk said.
Pelican Book Group’s Lisa McCaskill won the Fiction Editor of the Year award.
AWSA author Robin Bayne praised McCaskill.
“Lisa put a lot of dedicated effort into the re-release of my novel,” Bayne said. “She made the entire experience a breeze.”
The Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Lynn Eib for Peace in the Face of Cancer from Tyndale House Publishers.
The judges explained that Peace in the Face of Cancer was “a comforting, practical book about living with cancer by a survivor with a longtime ministry to patients.”
Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction winners included Suk for Getaway With God: The Every Women’s Guide to Personal Retreat (Kregel Publications), Margot Starbuck for He Knows Your Name (Kregel) and Lucinda Secrest McDowell for Dwelling Places—Words to Live in Every Season (Abingdon Press).
Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Nonfiction went to Edie Melson for While My Child is Away (Worthy Inspired), Starbuck for Overplayed (Herald Press) and Joy Schneider for How to Keep Grief from Stealing Your Destiny (Water of Life Unlimited).
Cynthia Ruchti’s Song of Silence (Abingdon Press) won the Golden Scroll Novel of the Year Award. The judges described Ruchti’s novel as “a stunning, beautiful, poetic, touching read.”
Golden Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction winners included Martha Bolton for The Home Game (Faith Happenings Publishers), Lynette Eason for Without Warning (Revell/Baker Publishing Group) and Edie Melson for Alone (Prism Book Group).
Silver Scroll Merit Awards for Fiction went to DiAnn Mills for Deadly Encounter (Tyndale House Publishers), Marilyn Turk for The Gilded Curse (Heritage Beacon Fiction) and Lynette Eason for Moving Target (Revell/Baker).
Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley’s Our Daily Bread for Preschoolers (Discovery House) won the Golden Scroll Children’s Book of the Year. In a statement, the judges explained their rationale.
“This is an excellent book for teaching children ages 6 to 10 more about God,” the panel said.
The Golden Scroll Merit Award for Children’s Book of the Year went to Jeanne Dennis and Sheila Seifert for Bible Kid Adventures: Stories of Danger and Courage (Tyndale).
AWSA’s official magazine, Leading Hearts, won its third straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award. The magazine honored its columnists, including Pam Farrel, Michelle S. Cox, Rhonda Rhea, Penelope Carlevato, Saundra Dalton, Sharon Elliot, Kathy Collard Miller, Karen Porter and Cynthia Simmons.
Suzanne Kuhn was named the 2017 AWSA Member of the Year. AWSA founder Linda Evans Shepherd shared kind words about Kuhn.
“Suzanne has so many hard-earned insights and gifts regarding building an author’s platform, and she never hesitates to share her knowledge with her AWSA sisters,” Shepherd said.
Medical professional Karynthia Phillips won the Beyond Me Award. Phillips not only works with women who have high-risk pregnancies in the prison population but also with women audiences through her mentoring, writing and speaking.
Carol Kent served as the keynote speaker and recording artist Ginny Owens performed the special music. Kent received the prestigious 2017 Impact Award.
“Carol has served the Lord through both tragedy and pain, and made such a difference for the cause of Christ,” Shepherd said.
AWSA President Karen Porter served as emcee. Kent and Shepherd presented the awards, and Dennis performed a parody written by Bolton dedicated to editors and publishers.
For more information, visit AWSA's official site.