Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The ACFW annual writer's conference was full of memorable moments again this year. Along with the beautiful sights and sounds of Denver, Colorado, this year's event sparkled with people decked in their finest to celebrate the accomplishments of 2009. Listed below are this year's award recipients:

2009 Mentor of the Year- Donita K. Paul
2009 Membership Service Award- John B. Olson
2009 Editor of the Year Award- Ami McConnell, Thomas Nelson
2009 Agent of the Year Award Steve Laube, The Steve Laube Agency

2009 Book of the Year Contest

Debut Author- A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

Lits- Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck

Long Contemporary- Symphony of Secrets by Sharon Hinck

Long Contemporary Romance- Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White

Long Historical (tie)- My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires by Cathy Gohlke

Mystery- For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls by Nancy Mehl

Novellas- "Stuck on You" in A Connecticut Christmas anthology by Rhonda Gibson

Short Contemporary- Family Treasures by Kathryn Springer

Short Contemporary Suspense- Broken Lullaby by Pamela Tracy

Short Historical- Family of the Heart by Dorothy Clark

Speculative- The Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck

Suspense- Fossil Hunter by John B. Olson

Women’s Fiction- The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

Young Adult- The Big Picture by Jenny B. Jones

ACFW 2009 Genesis Contest

Contemporary Fiction- Jennifer Griffith, Magpies in Trees

Contemporary Romance- Christy LaShea Smith, The Bridge Between

Historical Fiction- Christine Schmidtke, Unveiled

Historical Romance- Lacy Williams, Marrying Miss Marshal

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller- Alan Schleimer, Q.doc

Romantic Suspense- Jan Warren, Katherine Octavia, C.I.A.

Science-Fiction/Fantasy/Allegory- David Fry, Lies To See

Women’s Fiction- Cathleen Armstrong, The Church of Last Chance

Young Adult- Gretchen Hoffman, Rewind


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