A Canadian inspirational book is continuing its record-breaking streak, becoming the most winning book in the 24-year history of The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards.

Hot Apple Cider finalists who attended The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing AwardsWriters from A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider won an unprecedented 13 awards, consisting of six first-place prizes and seven awards of merit.

The book won recognition for its excellence in all six categories in which it was nominated. The winners were announced at a gala presentation in Mississauga, Ont. on June 13. The awards recognized the best in Christian writing published during 2011.

Four of the anthology’s contributors received multiple awards.

Angelina Fast-Vlaar of St. Catharines, Ont. took two first prizes for her personal experience article “Forgiven,” as did M. D. Meyer of Norway House, Man. for her short story “Bannock and Sweet Tea.” Judges gave the book’s co-editor, Wendy Elaine Nelles of Toronto, one first prize and two awards of merit for her profile “Soulmates.” Adele Simmons of Whitby, Ont. won for her nonfiction piece, “Charlie,” plus collected an award of merit for “The Bulletin Board.”

Other awards of merit (acknowledging finalists who received judges’ scores very close to the winning entry) went to Bonnie Beldan-Thomson of Pickering, Ont.; Glynis M. Belec of Drayton, Ont.; Marguerite Cummings of Toronto; and Evangeline Inman of Fredericton, N. B.

The bestselling book A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is a collection of stories by 37 Canadian writers who share a Christian faith perspective. It contains short fiction, poetry, and personal experience articles, all chosen to provide hope and encouragement.

Read the rest of the press release on the publisher’s website.

June 20, 2012

About the author 

N. J. Lindquist

N. J. Lindquist is the award-winning author of books, articles, short stories, and blog posts. She also edits and publishes the "Hot Apple Cider" anthologies. A former high school teacher, N. J. co-founded The Word Guild and teaches workshops for writers as well as speaking on various topics including creativity and leadership.

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