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2023 Golden Scroll Awards

AWSA Announces 2023 Golden Scroll Award Winners

AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2023 Golden Scroll Awards at the Golden Scroll Banquet, Sunday, August 6, at the Central Bank Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Awards were presented by bestselling author Linda Evans Shepherd, founder and CEO of AWSA, and award-winning author Karen Porter, owner of Bold Vision Books and AWSA President. This is the 15th year that AWSA has presented the Golden Scroll Awards which is open to the nearly 900 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Michelle Bengtson, who was named AWSA of the Year, has a passion for sharing hope with hurting hearts. Her books, speaking, work as a neuropsychologist, as well as her personal experiences of weathering the storms of life, speaks the message that “life is not always easy, but God is always faithful.”

The Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award went to Carol Kent, a bestselling author, an influential speaker, and the visionary behind the successful Speak Up Conference, which empowers aspiring speakers and writers.

Elaine Helms was awarded the Impact Award for making a lifetime of impact in prayer for a variety of organizations including the Billy Graham Association, My Hope for America, and Prayerlink.

Lee Strobel was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Lee, a former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and a New York Times bestselling author of over 40 books, selling 14 million copies, serves as Founding Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University. In 2017, his spiritual journey was portrayed in the award-winning film The Case for Christ.

The Golden Scroll Book of the Year was awarded to Eva Marie Everson for The Third Path: Finding Intimacy with God on the Path of Questioning (Bold Vision Books).

The Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Laine Lawson Craft for The Parent’s Battle Plan: Warfare Strategies to Win Back Your Prodigal (Chosen). The Novel of the Year Award went to Lynette Eason for Crossfire (Revell).

The Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Sally Metzger, illustrated by Caroline Baker Mazure, for Jesus, Were You Little? (Our Sunday Visitor Kids).

The Youth Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Lori Z Scott for Inside the Ten-Foot Line (End Game Press).

The Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams and Janet Johnson, illustrated by Beth Snider, for Fly High: Understanding Grief with God’s Help (End Game Press

Second place for Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Michelle Medlock Adams and Cecil Stokes, illustrated by Jonathan Bouw, for I Love You to the Sun and Beyond (Sky Pony Press). Third place went to Crystal Bowman and Michelle S. Lazurek, illustrated by Sandra Eide, for Who God Wants Me to Be (WaterBrook).

The Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to MIchelle Medlock Adams and Eva Marie Everson, illustrated by Anna Jones, for Our God is Bigger Than That! (End Game Press).

Second place for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year went to Rhonda Robinson, illustrated by Dave O’Connell, for The Legend of Christmas: An Untold Story of the Real St. Nicholas (Living Parables). Third place went to Donna Arlynn Frisinger for Bye-Bye Earthsuit: Hello Heavensuit (Good News Express).

The Christian Education Book of the Year was awarded to Denise Wilson for 7 Words You Never Want to Hear: How to Be Sure You Won’t Study Guide (Redemption Press).

Second place for Christian Educational Book of the Year went to Dr. Mel Tavares for 21 Days to Improved Mental Well-Being (Simply Right Press). Third place went to Annette Reeder for The Seven Foods of the Promised Land (Bold Vision Books).

The Christian Living Book of the Year went to Patty Mason for Experiencing Joy: Strategies for Living a Joy-Filled Life (Liberty in Christ Ministries). Second place for Christian Living Book of the Year went to Samantha Evans for You Are Not Alone Love Letters to Miscarriage Moms (Blackside Publishing). Third place went to Tina Yeager for Upcycled: Crafted for a Purpose (Bold Vision Books)


The Bible Study Book of the Year was awarded to Patty Mason for Getting to Know God’s Voice: Recognizing When God Speaks Every Day (KP Press). Second place for Bible Study Book of the Year went to Kathy Howard for Deep Rooted: Growing Through the Book of Romans (Bold Vision Books). Third place went to Erica Wiggenhorn for An Unexpected Revival: Experiencing God’s Goodness Through Disappointment and Doubt (Moody)

The Memoir of the Year was awarded to Janet Perez Eckles for Now I See: How God’s Amazing Grace Turned Betrayal, Blindness, and Heartache to Shining Joy (JC Empowerment Ministries).

Second place for Memoir of the Year went to Carole Leathem for Are You Ready to Find Joy When Life Gets Messy? (Carole’s Journey). Third place went to Debbie Dufek for Holy Interruptions: When God Taps You on the Shoulder (Bold Vision Books).

The Inspirational Gift Book of the Year was awarded to Dr. Michelle Bengtson for Today is Going to Be a Good Day: 90 Promises from God to Start Your Day Off Right (Revell).

Second place for Inspirational Gift Book of the Year went to Kim M. Clark for Deep Waters: Lift Your Gaze Prayer Book (Deep Water Books). Third place went to Jane Jenkins Herlong for Sweet Tea Secrets from the Deep Fried South (Tyndale).


The Devotional Book of the Year went to Cindy K. Sproles for Meet Me Where I Am, Lord (Iron Stream). Second place for Devotional Book of the Year went to Becky Reeser Terry for Tie On Your Apron in the Kitchen of Prayer (Rebecca J Terry). Third place went to Karen Whiting and Sara DuBose Growing a Peaceful Heart: Devotions of Faith, Encouragement, and Forgiveness from Peacemakers Past, Present, and Future (AMG). The Mystery/ Suspense Novel of the Year was awarded to Mary Alford for Among the Innocent (Revell). Second place for the Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year was a tie with DiAnn Mills for Concrete Evidence (Tyndale) and Carrie Stuart Parks for Fallout (Thomas Nelson). Third place went to Dani Pettrey for The Deadly Shallows (Bethany House).

The Contemporary Novel of the Year was awarded to Heather Norman Smith for Songs for a Sunday (Iron Stream).

Second place for Contemporary Novel of the Year went to Deborah Raney for Breath of Heaven (Raney Day Press). Third place was a tie that went to Carol Grace Stratton for Lake Surrender (Carol Stratton) and Kara Hunt for Kite: Paper Dolls (Winged Publications).

The Historical Novel of the Year was awarded to Kimberley Woodhouse for Mark of Grace (Bethany House).

Second place for Historical Novel of the Year went to Cindy K. Sproles for This is Where it Ends (Revell). Third place went to Marilynn Turk for The Escape Game (Barbour).

The Romance Novel of the Year was awarded to Loretta Eidson for Pursued in the Wilderness (Love Inspired) Second place for Romance Novel of the Year was a tie with J. C. Lafler formLove—What’s God Got to Do With It? (Redemption Press) and Kim Williams for A LifemUnopened (Kim Williams). Third place went to Jill Kemerer for Guarding His Secretm(Love Inspired).

The Novella of the Year was awarded to Deborah Raney for The Wondrous Gift (in O
Little Town: A Romance Christmas Collection) (Kregel). Second place for Novella of the Year went to Melissa Henderson for Second Time Lighthouse Love (Charleston LIght: Stories Inspired by Sullivan Island Lighthouse) (Random Moon Books). Third place went to Susan G. Mathis for Rachel’s Reunion (smWordWorks llc).

The Arise Daily Writer of the Year was awarded to Crystal Bowman.

AWSA’s official magazine, “Leading Hearts,” won the first-place Award of Excellence from the Evangelical Press Association Merit after nine straight years of winning the Award of Merit. The Leading Hearts Contributor of the Year went to Saundra Dalton- Smith. Feature Article of the Year went to Lori Roeleveld for “All Words Are Not Created Equal.” The EPA Higher Goals Award went to Linda Evans Shepherd for her Leading Hearts column “Prayer Circle” and her Leading Hearts Evangelism Article “The Flashlight Revival.”

The 2023 graduating Certified Coaches were recognized: Pastor Jenn Dafoe-Turner, Debbie Dufek, Tracy Glass, Nancy Kay Grace, Teresa Janzen and Carol Grace Stratton.

2023 AWSA Certified Coaches

New ASWA P.O.W.E.R. Speakers were recognized: Dr. Velma Bagby, Marilyn Bay, Debbie Dufek, Angel Dugas, Virginia Grounds, Zoe Hicks, Billie Jauss, Gail Porter, Darcie Stiener, Laurie Westlake and Carla Wicks.

2023 AWSA Certified Speakers

This is the fourth year to present the Christian Market Book Awards. These awards are open to all authors who publish in the Christian market.


The Christian Market Book of the Year was awarded to Sharon Norris Elliott for Didn’t See That Coming: When How They’re Living Is Not How You Raised Them (Elk Lake).

The Christian Market Devotional of the Year was awarded to Becky Reeser Terry for Tie On Your Apron in the Kitchen of Prayer (Rebecca J Terry).

The Christian Market Christian Living Book of the Year was awarded to Mabel Ninan for Far from Home: Discovering Your Identity as Foreigners on Earth (Harambee Press).

The Christian Market Bible Study of the Year was awarded to Kathy for Howard Deep Rooted: Growing Through the Book of Romans (Bold Vision Books).

The Christian Market Suspense Novel of the Year was awarded to Lynette Eason for Crossfire (Revell).

The Christian Market Romance Novel of the Year was awarded to Hope Toler Dougherty for Forever Home (Scrivenings Press). The Christian Market Historical Novel of the Year was awarded to Liz Tolsma for What I Would Tell You (Barbour). The Christian Market Contemporary Novel of the Year was awarded to Chris Posti for Falling Apart, Falling for You (Elk Lake).


The Christian Market Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Crystal Bowman and Michelle S. Lazurek, illustrated by Sandra Eide, for Who God Wants Me to Be (Waterbrook). The Christian Market Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams, illustrated by Sandra Eide, for Love Connects Us All (Wren and Bear Books)

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Michelle Medlock Adams and Janet Johnson, illustrated by Beth Snider, for Fly High: Understanding Grief with God’s Help (End Game Press). Third place went to Linda S. Carter for Devotions from the Earth: Kids Edition—Reptiles and Small Animals (Cedar Ridge Books). The Christian Market Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Sally Metzger, illustrated by Caroline Baker Mazure for Jesus, Were You Little? (Our Sunday Visitor Kids). Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Fiction Book of the Year went to Wendy Hinote Lanier, illustrated by Jieting Chen for The Dog That Gave My Brother Words (End Game Press). Third place went to Asheritah Ciuciu, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin, for Unwrapping the Names of Jesus for Kids (Moody).

The Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Cynthia Cavanaugh for The Godly Kings of Judah (Moody).

Second place for the Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Andy Clapp for In the Eye of the Storm: Withstanding the Fury of Life’s Storms (End Game Press). Third place went to Amber Weigand-Buckley and Lisa Burris Burns for Leading Ladies: Discover Your God-Grown Strategy for Success (Bold Vision Books).

The Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded to Tracy Higley for Nightfall in the Garden of Deep Time (Stonewater Books LLC). Second place for the Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded to Carrie Stuart Parks Fallout (Thomas Nelson). Third place went to Kimberley Woodhouse and Tracie Peterson The Heart’s Choice (Bethany House).

A parody, written by Martha Bolton, was performed by Sharon Tedford. Dr. Michelle Bengtson delivered the keynote address.


AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of nearly 900 top women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.

See the 2022 winners, click HERE,

See 2021 winners, click HERE,

See 2020 winners, click HERE,

See 2019 winners, click HERE.

See the 2018 winners, click HERE.

See the 2017 winners, click HERE.

See the 2016 winners, click HERE.

See the 2015 winners, click HERE.

See the 2014 winners, click HERE.

See the 2013 winners, click HERE.

See the 2012 winners, click HERE.

See the 2011 winners, click HERE.

See the 2010 winners, click HERE.

See the 2009 winners, click HERE.

To apply for AWSA membership, click HERE.

AWSA Announces 2022 Golden Scroll and Christian Market Book Awards

AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2022 Golden Scroll Awards at the Golden Scroll Banquet, Sunday, August 14, at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Awards were presented by Linda Evans Shepherd, founder and CEO of AWSA, with Carol Kent and Dawn Scott Damon.

AWSA Golden Scroll Winners 2022

This is the 14th year that AWSA has presented the Golden Scroll Awards. The Golden Scroll Awards are open to the nearly 800 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Sharon Tedford was named AWSA of the Year. The Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award went to Lee Ann Mancini.

Sharon Tedford – Winner 2022 AWSA Member of the Year
Lee Ann Mancini Winner of 2022 Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award

Eva Marie Everson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of over 40 books, a former nurse and a seminary graduate. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s running Word Weavers International, an international membership group of writers who, using the art of critique, become iron sharpening iron.

Eva Marie Everson Winner of the 2022 Golden Scrolls Lifetime Achievement Award

She’s one of the original members and a founding board member of AWSA and the director of the Florida Christian Writers Conference. She speaks at writers conferences across America and to women’s groups as well as to congregations.

She’s written some amazing books, including The Third Path—Intimacy with God on the Path of Questioning, her latest novel, Five Brides, her new children’s book, My God is Bigger Than That (with Michelle Medlock Adams) and The Potluck Club series (with Linda Evans Shepherd).

The Golden Scrolls Book of the Year was awarded to Julie Coleman for “On Purpose: Understanding God’s Freedom for Women through Scripture” (Kregel).

The Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Michelle Nietert and Denise Pass for “Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life” (Randall House).

Michelle Nietert 2022 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year

The Novel of the Year Award went to DiAnn Mills for “Trace of Doubt” (Tyndale).

The Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Teresa Janzen, illustrated by Samuel But Agot, for “Little Mango in a Big World” (Abundance Books LLC).

The Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Susan U. Neal, illustrated by Courtney Smith, for “Eat God’s Food” (Elk Lake).

Susan U Neil 2022 Golden Scroll Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year

Second place for Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Julie Lavender, illustrated by Shahar Kober for “Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime” (Random House). Third place went to Karen Whiting and Jesse Florea for “Devos for Brave Boys” (Tyndale).

The Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Tricia Goyer and Amy Parker, illustrated by Monica De Rivas for “The Grumbles” (Running Press Kids).

Second place for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year went to Michelle Medlock Adams, illustrated by Ana Sebastián, for “Dachshund through the Snow” (End Game Press). Third place went to Jeanne Dennis, illustrated by Jeannie St. John Taylor, for “Matt’s Compusonic” (Elk Lake).

The Christian Education Book of the Year was awarded to Karen Whiting for “52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer” (RoseKidz).

Karen Whiting 2022 Golden Scroll Christian Education Book of the Year

Second place for Christian Educational Book of the Year went to Rebecca White and Karen Whiting for “The Super-Sized Book of Bible Craft Gifts” (RoseKidz). Third place went to DiAnn Mills for “Exploring the Art of Plotting” (Bold Vision Books).

The Christian Living Book of the Year went to Tracy Hester for “Get Up, Girl, Let’s Go: Getting Unstuck and Living Free” (Elk Lake).

Tracy Hester 2022nGolden Scroll Christian Living Book of the Year

Second place for Christian Living Book of the Year was a tie with Lynn Eib for “When God and Cancer Meet” (Tyndale) and Tricia Goyer for “Heart Happy” (Salem Books). Third place went to Jennifer Hand for “My Yes Is on the Table” (Moody).

The Bible Study Book of the Year was awarded to Karen Whiting for “Growing a Mother’s Heart Bible Study” (AMG).

Second place for Bible Study Book of the Year went to Shadia Hrichi for “Tamar: Rediscovering the God Who Redeems Me” (Leafwood). Third place went to Andy Lee for “Radiant Influence: How an Ordinary Girl Changed the World” (CrossRiver Media).

The Memoir of the Year was awarded to Sandra Flack for “Orphans No More” (Brookstone Publishing).

Second place for Memoir of the Year went to Kris Rystrom Emmert with Julie Voudrie for “Providing Promise: A Navy Widow’s Journey to Hope” (Carpenter and Son). Third place went to Lucinda Kinsinger for “Turtle Heart: Unlikely Friends with a Life-Changing Bond” (Elk Lake).

The Inspirational Gift Book of the Year was awarded to Kathy Howard for “Heirloom: Living and Leaving a Legacy of Faith” (Tyndale).

Kathy Howard 2022 Golden Scroll Inspirational Gift Book of the Year

Second place for Inspirational Gift Book of the Year went to Karen Whiting for “Growing a Mother’s Heart: Devotions of Faith, Hope, and Love from Mothers” (AMG). Third place went to Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh for “I Love You, Mom!” (Tyndale).

The Devotional Book of the Year went to Grace Fox “Keeping Hope Alive: Devotions for Strength in the Storm” (Aspire Press).

Second place for Devotional Book of the Year Danita Jenae for “When Mountains Crumble: Rebuilding Your Life after Losing Someone You Love” (Moody). Third place went to Ava Pennington for “Reflections on the Name of God” (Revell).

The Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year was awarded to Kimberley Woodhouse for “Bridge of God” (Barbour).

Second place for the Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year went to Lynette Eason for “Peril on the Ranch” (Love Inspired Suspense). Third place went to Lisa Betz for “Fountains and Secrets” (Redemption Press).

Lynette Eason 2022 Golden Scroll Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year 2nd Place

The Contemporary Novel of the Year was awarded to Terri Gillespie for “Really Bad Hair Day: The Hair Mavens, Book 3” (Terri Gillespie).

Second place for Contemporary Novel of the Year went to Cynthia Ruchti for “Facing the Dawn” (Revell). Third place went to Christina Suzann Nelson “Shaped by the Waves” (Bethany House).

The Historical Novel of the Year was awarded to Tricia Goyer for “The Elder Sister” (Guideposts).

Second place for Historical Novel of the Year went to Jocelyn Green for “Drawn by the Current” (Bethany House). Third place went to Cynthia L. Simmons for “Reflecting Gold” (Elk Lake).

The Romance Novel of the Year was awarded to Lane Jordan for “Evangeline” (Elk Lake).

The Novella of the Year was awarded to T. E. Bradford for “Awakened” (Elk Lake).

The Arise Daily Writer of the Year was awarded to A. C. Williams.

Amy Williams 2022 Arise Daily Writer of the Year

AWSA’s official magazine, “Leading Hearts,” won their eighth straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award. The “Leading Hearts” Contributor of the Year went to Cynthia L. Simmons. Feature Article of the Year went to Christine Trimpe for her article “Protégé to Published Author.” The EPA Higher Goals Award went to Mabel Ninan for her article “Lockdown Lessons: How the Pandemic Reshaped My Understanding of the Church.”

Cynthia Simmons 2022 Leading Hearts Contributor of the Year

The 2022 graduating Certified Coaches were recognized: Lauren Crews, Loretta Eidson, Virginia Grounds, Sarah Hatmaker and Lisa Worthey Smith.

New ASWA P.O.W.E.R. Speakers were recognized: Sandy Austin, Sandi Banks, Karin Beery, Joan Benson, Penny Carlevato, Laine Craft, Julie Coleman, Cheri Cowell, Tammy Dove, Joy Dunlap, Catherine Finger, Donna Frisinger, Tricia Goyer, Teresa Janzen, Janet Johnson, Betty Kulrich, Lee Ann Mancini, Michele McCarthy, Laura McPherson, Edie Melson, Susan Neal, Carolyn Newell, Cindy Noonan, Joy A. Schneider, Evelyn Taylor and Jessica Van Roekel.

2022 AWSA Certified Power Speakers

This is the third year to present the Christian Market Book Awards. These awards are open to all authors who publish in the Christian market.

The Christian Market Book of the Year was awarded to Natalie Ford for “Seeking Answers—Finding Peace” (Elk Lake).

Natalie Ford 2022 Christian Market Book of the Year

The Christian Market Christian Living Book of the Year was awarded to Edie Melson for “Soul Care When You’re Grieving” (Bold Vision Books).

Edie Melson 2022 Christian Market Christian Living Book of the Year

The Christian Market Devotional of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams and Andy Clapp for “Springtime for Your Spirit: 90 Devotions of Hope, Joy & New Beginnings” (Good Books).

Michelle Medlock Adams The 2022 Christian Market Devotional of the Year

The Christian Market Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Julie Lavender, illustrated by Shahar Kober for “Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime” (Random House).

The Christian Market Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Bethany Jett and Victoria Duerstock for “Navigating Mindfields” (End Game Press).

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Caris Snider for “Anxiety Elephants for Tween Girls: A 90 Day Devotional” (End Game Press). Third place went to Caris Snider for “Anxiety Elephants for Tween Boys: A 90 Day Devotional” (End Game Press).

The Christian Market Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams, illustrated by Ana Sebastián, for “Dachshund through the Snow” (End Game Press).

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Fiction Book of the Year went to Nancy I. Sanders, illustrated by Felia Hanakata, for “Bedtime with Mommy” (End Game Press). Third place went to Teresa Janzen, illustrated by Samuel But Agot, for “Little Mango in a Big World” (Abundance Books LLC).

The Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Dr. Craig von Buseck for “Victor! The Final Battle of Ulysses S. Grant” (Iron Stream Media).

Dr. Craig Von Buseck 2022 Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year

Second place for the Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Kathy Howard for “Deep Rooted: Growing through the Book of Acts” (Bold Vision Books). Third place went to Christine Trimpe for “Seeking Joy through the Gospel of Luke: A Christmas to Calvary Advent Countdown” (Redemption Press).

The Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded to Kimberley Woodhouse for “A Deep Divide” (Bethany House).

Second place for the Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded to Anne Greene for “Trail of Tears: The Story of John Ross” (Elk Lake). Third place went to Janet Morris Grimes for “Solomon’s Porch” (Elk Lake).

The Christian Market Bible Study of the Year was awarded to Leigh Powers for “Unforgotten: Lessons from Lesser-Known Women of the Bible on Leaving a Legacy of Faith” (AMG).

A parody, written by Martha Bolton, was performed by Sharon Tedford. Eva Marie Everson delivered the keynote address.

AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of nearly 800 top women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.

See 2021 winners, click HERE,

See 2020 winners, click HERE,

See 2019 winners, click HERE.

See the 2018 winners, click HERE.

See the 2017 winners, click HERE.

See the 2016 winners, click HERE.

See the 2015 winners, click HERE.

See the 2014 winners, click HERE.

See the 2013 winners, click HERE.

See the 2012 winners, click HERE.

See the 2011 winners, click HERE.

See the 2010 winners, click HERE.

See the 2009 winners, click HERE.

To apply for AWSA membership, click HERE.

AWSA P.O.W.E.R Speaker Certification

Karen Porter and I are so excited that you are joining us as Founders for our first The P.O.W.E.R. Speaker Certification Course. For that, you will get the lowest price we will ever offer for this certification.

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Why? Because you have earned the right to be called a P.O.W.E.R. Certified Speaker.

One day, I was visiting a church and I happened to meet the women’s ministry director. I was so excited and I couldn’t wait to tell her, ‘Hey! I could speak to your group!”

But when I tried to tell her that I was a Christian author and speaker, I could see she was thinking, So what?!

Maybe I could have tried to say, “Hey, I’m a wonderful, a really, really wonderful speaker!

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2021 AWSA Conference Schedule

Thursday, August 12

  • Around lunch time? Drop in at the hotel restaurant and have lunch with the earliest early birds.
  • 7:00 Come as you are – dinner out

FRIDAY, August 13

  • 8:30 On Site Check In Begins- Downstairs Outside Junior Ballroom C
  • 9:00 Emcee: Beth Deuwel
  • 9:00 Prayer Warrior Class — Linda Evans Shepherd and Team- Junior Ballroom C
  • 10:30- Devotional: Erica Wiggenhorn- How to Get Unstuck
  • 11:00 Professional Seminar One: Kathy Howard: How to Sell More Books by Serving Your Tribe or Protege Seminar: Honing Your Message and Your Mission with Carole Leathem (Executive Board Room Floor 2)

12:00—FRIDAY LUNCH– Boxed Lunch with Us (If you registered for it) or on your own

  • 1:00 Emcee: Sabrina Black
  • 1:00 –4:00 Seminar: Edie Melson: Recent Changes to Social Media & How to Adapt to Future Changes- Junior Ballroom C
  • 4:00- 4:15 Arise Daily and Leading Heart Reports

Friday Day Sessions END – Check in moves upstairs to outside Ballroom C

  • 4:15 New AWSA Pro Member Meeting- Junior Ballroom C
  • 4:15 NEW AWSA Protege Member meeting- Executive Boardroom Floor 2

6:00 —FRIDAY DINNER (Reception at 5:45)– Ballroom C

  • Emcee Dawn Scott Damon
  • Worship Babbie Mason
  • Keynote Babbie Mason
  • 8:00 Members & Protégé Introductions

SATURDAY, August 14

  • Emcee: Tammy Whitehurst- Ballroom C
  • Worship Babbie Mason
  • Devotional: Laine Craft
  • 9:00 Special AWSA Prayer Time — Tina Yeager
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:15 Professional Seminar Choose 1:
    • Kaley Rhea: Write to Your Strengths: Building Fiction Muscles with Less Fatigue- D1
    • Jeanette Windle: A Story to Tell: Writing Compelling True-Life Memoir Title- D2
    • Protege Session: Making the Most out of your Protege Membership, Get a Jumpstart to Getting It Done, Encouragement from Former Protege Christine Trimpe- Executive Boardroom

11:30—SATURDAY LUNCH– Ballroom C

  • Emcee
  • Special Announcements- Linda Evans Shepherd

SATURDAY PM Seminar– Ballroom C

  • Emcee: Carole Leathem
  • 1:00 – 2:00 Seminar: Carol Kent- Pro Speaking Tips- D1
  • 2:00- 3:30  Professional Roundtables (listed below)- Ballroom C and D3
    • Vlogging  – Christine Trimpe
    • Marketing Your Book from Pre-/writing to Post-Release; Develop the right plans that use Your Strengths and Connect to Your Readers. – Karen Whiting
    • Children’s Books – Crystal Bowman 
    • A Coaching Perspective: Close to the Heart of God – Phylis Mantelli
    • A Guide to Finding Healing by Telling Your Abuse Story – Dawn Scott Damon
    • Podcasting – Janell Rardon 
    • Branding Secrets – Sharon Norris Elliot 
    • How to Create Landing Pages that Convert – Patricia Durgin
    • Effective Devotionals – Julie Coleman
    •  Getting God’s Word Right in Your Writing – Kathy Howard
    • Detours, Roadblocks, and Speed Bumps How to get back on Track After a Difficult Season. – Cynthia Cavanaugh
  • 3:30-4:30- State of the Industry Panel: Karen Porter (Moderator), Sharon Elliot, Eva Marie Everson, Cherri Cowellm Edwina Perkins, Athena Dean, Cynthia Ruchti- Ballroom C
  • 4:30- 5:30 Counseling Panel: Sabrina Black (moderator), Deborah Maxey, Michelle Nietert, Tina Yeager- Ballroom C
  • 5:30-6:00 Final Charge – Karen Porter
  • 6:00-6:10 Announcements
  • 6:30 Girl’s Night Out- led by Tine Yeager
  • 6:30 AWSA Steering Committee Meeting
  • 8:30-9:30- Meet for Fun Discussion Groups- D3

SUNDAY, August 16 AM

  • 10:00 Prayer and Worship AWSA invites Bookstores to join us!
    • Worship: Babbie Mason
    • Speaker: Erica Wiggenhorn

11:30 GOLDEN SCROLLS AWARD BRUNCH

  • Emcee
  • Music — Babbie Mason
  • Award Announcements: Carol Kent and Dawn Scott Damon
  • Keynote — Cynthia Ruchti

AWSA CONFERENCE OFFICIALLY ENDS

MUNCE Christian Product Expo Officially Opens

Sunday August 16, Afternoon

AWSA-Led CPE Christian Writers Conference

  • Afternoon Session with Susan Neal- Upstairs Room 101
  • CPE Personality Party

MUNCE EXPO STARTS

  • CPE Banquet Starts

Monday

  • Christian Product Expo Opens
  • AWSA Booth – with booksignings open
  • AWSA Led CPE Christian Writers Conference AM Session-Edie Melson: How to Get the Most out of Social Media- D1
  • Lunch on the floor
  • AWSA Led CPE Christian Writers Conference PM Session- Cheri Cowell: Discover the Real Secret to Marketing- D1
  • CPE Banquet

Tuesday at CPE

  • Christian Product Expo Opens
  • AWSA Booth – with booksignings open
  • AWSA Led CPE Christian Writers Conference AM Session- Suzanne Kuhn: How to Build Your Brand- D1
  • Lunch on the floor
  • END CPE Christian Writers Conference.

AWSA Member Directory

Welcome to the heart of AWSA, this is where you’ll meet the incredible group of women that make AWSA the great organization that it is.

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AWSA Directory Below.

AWSA- Members last name beginning with A
Sonia Amin
Michelle AdamsJocelyn Andersen
Stacy Hawkins AdamsNancy Anderson
Charlotte AdelspergerNiki Anderson
Tessa Afshar
Joyce AinsworthSonya Anderson
Sandra P. AldrichDanni Andrew
Angela AlexanderJoy Anisa
Mary AlfordBecky Antkowiak
Deanna AllenMavian Arocha-Rowe
Julie Ann AllenCandy Arrington
Nan Corbitt AllenLael Arrington
Diana Asaad
Debbie M. AlsdorfSandy Austin
Lori AltebaumerStarr Ayers

AWSA- Members with last names beginning with B

Susan BadeauSarah Bolme
Dr. Velma Bagby
Marlene BagnullMartha Bolton
Sharon BahrychMichelle Borquez
Becky BakerLori Boruff
Cathy BakerAllison Gappa Bottke
Julie BakerCrystal Bowman
Jeanette M. Bakke
Sandi BanksVerna Bowman
Helen Baratta
Dianne BarkerPatricia Bradley
Sandra BarkerPenny Bragg
Julie Ann BarnhillDiana Brandmeyer
Carol L. Barnier Ginny Brant
Ruth BarronDee Brestin
Del Bates
Kate BattistelliElizabeth Brickman
Marilyn Bay
Kendra BroekhuisFelicia Bridges
Kristine Brown
Terrie Hellard Brown
Robin BayneKathy Bruins
Shelly Beach
Andrea Bear
Karin BeeryAnita Brooks
Lisa BelcastroMarilyn Brooks
Twila M. BelkAlesia Brown
Dr. Michelle BengtsonJoy Brown
Joan C. Benson
Sara W. BerryShirley Brosius
Criss BertlingElizabeth Bruns
Lisa Betz
Jennie BishopShawna Bryant
Sabrina BlackLacey Buchanan
Lynn Blackburn
Faith BlatchfordMolly Nuble Bull
Marney BlomCindy Bultema
Janet BlySonya Franklin Burney
Karen BoergerLisa Burns
Cristine BolleyDianne Butts

AWSA members with last names beginning with C.

Laura Sabin CabanillasJulie Coleman
Susan CallFaye B Collins
Susan CameronEmily Colson
Toni Campbell
Penelope CarlevatoElsa Kok Colopy
Dolley CarlsonHannah Conway
Nancie CarmichaelPeggy Consolver
Jane Cook
Becky CarpenterPenny Cooke
Crystal Caudill
Connie CavanaughGail Cooper
Cynthia CavanaughLisa Copen
Linda Ray CenterBecky Cortino
June ChapkoDebora Coty
Emiliy ChaseJudith Couchman
Gladys Childs
Pamela Christian Cheri Cowell
Michele Chynoweth
Asheritah Ciuciu
Patsy ClairmontMichelle Cox
Dr. Elizabeth Clamon
Kim M. ClarkLaine Lawson Craft
Terri ClarkAlice Craig
Mendy Clark
Marcia ClarkeLisa Crayton
Tamara ClymerLauren Crews
Ginny Cruz
Jan CoatesSharron Cosby
Ruth CoghillSusie Crosby
Cherie ColburnDebbie Cunningham
Jan ColemanKaren Mayer Cunningham
Robin Currie
Carolyn Curtis

AWSA members with last names beginning with D.

Katie Dale
Sylvia M DallasJeanne Gowen Dennis
Saundra Dalton-SmithLilian De Silva
Dawn Scott DamonSue Detweiler
Blythe Daniel
Tammy DanielAdelle Campbell Dickie
Dagny Darnell
Dawn Darnell
Amy DavisDiane Dike
Donnalynn DavisJennie Afman Dimkoff
Linda Carruth DavisJudy Dippel
Mary Lou DavisChristin Ditchfield
Nicole Davis, Ph. D.
Crystal DayeXochitl Dixon
Lynn Donovan
Deborah DeArmondJenn Doucette
Ruth Douthitt
Karen DeArmond GardnerTammy Dove
Sherri Downs
Julie DearyanRhonda Dragomir
Debbie Dufek
Kim de BlecourtJudy Dunagan
Dru Scott DeckerDeborah B. Dunn
Jennifer DeglerPatricia Durgin
Jarmila Del BoccioJoy Dunlap
Joy DeKokDena Dyer
Annetta E. Dellinger
Robyn Dykstra

AWSA members with last names beginning with E.

Lynette EasonDr. Edna M. Ellison
Janet Eckles
Sharon Arpana Edwards
Debbie EfurdKris Rystrom Emmert
Lynn EibDr. Pat Ennis
Loretta Eidson
Kim Erickson
Sherrie Eldridge
Sharon Norris ElliottMissy Eversole
Eva Marie Everson

AWSA members with last names beginning with F.

Sue A. Fairchild
Tara FairfieldSharon Ewell Foster
Robin FarnsworthTama Fortner
Rose Ann Forte
Jenny Foster
Pam FarrelGrace Fox
Annie FarrisInes S. Franklin
Valerie Fentress
Jessica Ferguson
Cynthia FerriniJo Franz
Donna FeyenPaula Freeman
Kaitlyn FiedlerDr. Sylvia Frejd
Leslie Leyland FieldsStaci Frenes
Catherine FingerCherie Fresonke
Rebecca Friedander
Lisa Frisbie
Rosemary FlaatenDonna Frisinger
Sandra Flach
Jana FlaigLiz Cowen Furman
Harriett FordTara Furman
Natalie Ford
Jo Ann ForeCathy Fyock
Sarah Forgrave
Cyndi Foster

AWSA members with last names beginning with G.

Marcia GaddisLinda Goldfarb
Juliana GardinerCatherine Goonen
Jill Rigby GarnerJeenie Gordon
Brenda GarrisonKelly Gore
Sarah GeringerJulie Gorman
Page GeskeKelly Goshorn
Kathleen GibsonTricia Goyer
Sheryl Giesbrecht
Terri GillespieNancy Kay Grace
Morna GilbertCarol Graham
Julie K GilliesJanet Kobobel Grant
Linda GildenDeborah Gray
Tracy Hester GlassSheila Gravett
Linda GlazLisa Gray
Judy GlenneyJocelyn Green
Sara Greneaux
Meg GlesenerLauren Greutman
Sarah GoebelTeresa Griggs
Janet Morris Grimes
Bobbi Graffunder
Virginia Grounds
Lisa GoinsDarcie Gudger

AWSA members with last names beginning with H.

Deborah HackettBarbara J. Hibschman
Maureen HagerBeth Gable Hicks
Joanne Guarnieri HagemeyerZoe M. Hicks
Deb Haggerty
Bridget Halfyard
Kay HallVicki Hinze
Shadia Hrichi
Kelly HallLori Hobson
Sarah Hamaker
Jocelyn HamsherMona Hodgson
Doreen HannaSharon Hoffman
Ellen HarbinKristen Hogrefe
Amy HardenJackie Holland
Angela Harders
Deborah Hardy Cheryl Hollar
Brenda HarkinsTeresa Holler
Becky HarlingMary Hollingsworth
Mary Jane (MJ) Holt
Ginger HarringtonWanda Holt
Paulette Harris
Susan Harris
Vicki Harris
Karen J HarrisonSara Horn
Sandra HartliebMissy Horsfall
Amy Houts
Vicki HeathKathy Howard
Melissa Heiland
Sue Heimer
Elaine HelmsMichele Huey
Melissa HendersonJayme Hull
MK HendersonKara R. Hunt
Renata HendersonLori Hynson
Jane Jenkins Herlong

AWSA members with last names beginning with I.

Kathy IdeJaneen Ippolito
Geneva Iijima

AWSA members with last names beginning with J.

Clarice G. JamesEvelyn Johnson-Taylor
Dr. Rebecca Price JanneyChristie Jones
Teresa Janzen
Billie Jauss
Sharon E. JaynesDawn Jones
Paula JauchDonna Jones
Molly JebberJean E. Jones
Danita Jenae
Bethany JettLouise Tucker Jones
Becky Freeman Johnson
Jackie M. JohnsonKaren Jordan
Janet JohnsonLane Jordan
Marlys JohnsonRebecca Barlow Jordan
Paulette Harper Johnson

AWSA members with last names beginning with K.

Mary Potter Kenyon
Pam KanalyDeborah Keys
Kristen KansiewiczKim Ketola
April Katherman-RedgraveDaLee Kicker
Annette KauffmanDonna Kincheloe
Lucinda Kinsinger
Beebe KauffmanAlice Klies
Katy KauffmanDelia Knox
Maggie Kavanaugh
Ellie KayKim Korieba
Penelope KayeKaren Kosman
Bonnie KeenLinda Kozar
Crickett KeethCathy Krafve
Jill Kemerer
Meredith KendallKristen Krueger
Nancy KennedyLinda Kruschke
Cindy KenneySuzanne Kuhn
Betty Kulich
Tammy KenningtonRowena Kuo
Carol Kent

AWSA members with last names beginning with L.

Christy Largent
Karol LaddCarole Lewis
J. C. Lafler
Dee Dee Lake
Suzanne LakinDelores Liesner
Kim LaliberteCandy Lindley
Kathy LamancusaN.J. Lindquist
Nancy Tupper Ling
Samantha LandyKathi Lipp
Jennifer Smith Lane
Nancy LaPointe
Patty LaRoche
Jeanette Gardner Littleton
Michele LawrenceAmy Lively
Nora St. LaurentTanya Liverman
Cassandra LaymonSheila Llewellyn
Patricia LaytonZarinah Lomax
Ami Loper
Julie LavenderRosemary Losser
Michelle LazurekDonna Lott
Carole LeathemSandra Allen Lovelace
Jenny Leavitt
Andy LeeDeborah Lovett
Carissa Lovvorn
Carolyn S LeeKolleen M. Lucariello
Yvonne LehmanRobin Luftig
Stacy Leicht
Evelyn M. LeiteSusan Lugli
Naima Lett
Jeanette LevellieDebbie Luxton
Dana R. Lynn

AWSA members with last names beginning with M.

Danielle Macaulay
Kathi MaciasRobin Meade
Dawn Meehan
Kathy MaggartEdie Melson
Dr. Nancy Meyer
Deborah MaloneNancy Sebastian Meyer
Harriet E Michael
Lee Ann ManciniJan Miesse
Chris ManionDebbi Migit
Jayme H MansfieldBeth Willis Miller
Jill MansorBeaty Miller
Phylis MantelliElaine W. Miller
Cindy MartinJoy Ware Miller
Gail Gaymer MartinKathy Collard Miller
Jaye MartinMary Jane Miller
Kelly MartindaleMaureen Miller
Amy MartinezTanya Miller
Babbie MasonDiAnn  Mills
Patty MasonJennifer Minigh
Julia MateenLuann Mire
Susan G MathisJanet Mitchell
Dianne MatthewsKelly Wilson Mize
Deborah Maxey
Teri MaxwellPenny Monetti
Sharon MayRebekah Montgomery
Ginny McCabeSamantha Morgan
Yvonne Morgan
Venita McCart
Michele McCarthyKaren Moore
Ashley McClainKarisa Moore
Gena B. McCown
Leighann McCoyJulie Morris
Carol McCrakenLynn D. Morrissey
Karen McCracken
Carla McDougalKay Mortimer
Lucinda Secrest McDowellKay Moser
Heidi Gray McGill
Nancy McGuirk
Janet Holm McHenryShirley Mozena
Heidi McLaughlin
Carol McLeodAne Mulligan
Julie McLaughlin
Cindi McMenaminJonita Mullins
Laura McPherson
Margaret McSweeneyGigi Murfitt
Gari MeachamMary Englund Murphy
Susan B. MeadTamela Hancock Murray

AWSA members with last names beginning with N.

Donna Nabors
Michelle Nietert
Mabel Ninan
Susan NealBrenda Nixon, M.A.
Allia Zobel Nolan
Christina Suzann NelsonCindy Noonan
Lani NetterBecky Nordquist
Carolyn Dale NewellDebbie Norred
Debra Newell

AWSA members with last names beginning with O.

Susan Titus Osborn
Yvonne Ortega

AWSA members with last names beginning with P.

Laura PadgettMisty Phillip
Kirsten Panachyda
Svetlana PapazovKarynthia Phillips
Julie PapievisJolene Philo
Donalyn ParkerMarti Pieper
Carrie Stuart ParksChonda Pierce
Myrna ParksMary Pierce
Shelley Pierce
Jo Ann Parsons-LipscombEva Piper
Denise Pass
Kim Patterson
Jayne PattonBrenda Poinsett
Stephanie Pavlantos Karen Porter
Ava PenningtonGail Porter
Gloria PenwellSherry Poundstone
Dennise (Dana) Peters-ColleyYolanda Powell
Jesten PetersLeigh Powers
Tracie PetersonMaureen Pratt
Beth Praed
Laura PetherbridgeGinny Priz
Dani PettreyDebbie Presnell

AWSA members with last names beginning with Q.

Charlene Quint

AWSA members with last names beginning with R.

Marcia RamslandRhonda Robinson
Deborah RaneySioni Rodriguez
Marsha RanoLori Roeleveld
Janell RardonNina Roesner
Jennifer Rash
Shayna Rattler
Michelle RayburnRoxie Rogiers
Shannon RedmonMichelle Rohlf
Annette ReederLinda W. Rooks
Penny Reeve
Becki ReiserGayle Roper
Anita RenfroeAfton Rorvik
Rhonda RheaChristina Rose
Naomi RhodeShirley Rose
Lynne RienstraMaggie Wallem Rowe
Heather R. RigglemanJane A. Rubietta
Ramona RichardsCynthia Ruchti
Sharon RichardsonTracy Ruckman
Patti RichterCarol Rusaw
Janice RileyJanet Ruth
Rosalinda Torres Rivera

AWSA members with last names beginning with S.

Cindy SaabDyann Shepard
Rona Shirdan
Heather Smith
Cyndy SalzmannLisa Worthey Smith
Tina SamplesLyneta Smith
Nancy I. Sanders
Wanda SanchezPoppy Smith (Patricia Smith)
Ginger SandersPaige Snedeker
Laurie Winslow SargentChristine Sneeringer
Caris Snider
Jill SavageMary R. Snyder
Jacinta Serieux-Fontenelle
Bobbie SchaeperkoetterNatasha Solce
Renee Coates ScheidtBetty Southard
Susanne ScheppmannMarva Southall
Sue Schlesman
Monica Schmelter
Joy A. SchneiderDonna Sparks
Sheri SchofieldCynthia Spell
Jayne SchoolerBecky Yates Spencer
Ashley SchroederDeborah Sprinkle
Cheryl Schuermann
Carole Whang SchutterCindy Sproles
Latayne Scott
Tricia ScribnerTerry Squires
Lori Scott
Stephanie ShottNancy Stafford
Margot Starbuck
Georgia ShafferDebra States
Tawnya Shaffer
Dr. Laurel ShalerJill Steele
Darcie J. Steiner
Andrea SharpAndrea Stephens
Dawn Stephens
Delaine ShayPaula Kyle Stephens
Ann Stewart
Linda Evans ShepherdCindy Stewart
Stephanie SherwoodRudelle Stewart
Dayle Allen ShockleySusan Stewart
Peg Carmack ShortKelly J. Stigliano
Joan ShoupRhonda Stoppe
Melanie ShullHoney Storlie
Cynthia L. SimmonsCheri Strange
Amy SimpsonCarol Stratton
Scheila SingleyDeborah Stricklin
Stephanie SchuremanBrenna Stull
Martha SingletonLetitia Suk
Sarah Anne Sumpolec
Sarah Sundin
Julie Sunne
Judy SleghJill Swanson
Sally SmaleCheri Swalwell
Kendra SmileyDoris Swift
Ambi SmithMarnie Swedberg
Gwen E. SmithLaura Sweeney
AWSA members with last names beginning with T.
Kim TaborKarren Todd
Christine TangvaldAndrea Tomassi
Mary TatemSondrea Tolbert
Dr. Mel Tavares
Sharon Tedford
Kristen Terrette
Becky Terry
Carol TetzlaffCheryl Townsley
Lysa TerKeurstJoy Trachsel
Jennifer ThomasJennifer Tracy
Joyce Thomas
Kate ThomasLisa Troyer
Leigh Ann ThomasChristine Trimpe
Sarah Loudin ThomasMarilyn Turk
Janet Thompson
Pamela ThorsonJoan Turley
Vicki TiedeDarlene L. Turner
Leslie Turner
Sara Turnquist

AWSA members with last names beginning with V.

Kaitrin ValenciaJessica VanRoekel
Ellen Varughese
Susan VandePolLeslie S. Vernick
Lisa VanderkwaakKonnie Viner
Dawn Van BeckLori Vober
Rebecca VanDeMarkBeth K. Vogt
Sandra Vosburgh

AWSA members with last names beginning with W.

Beth Walker
Amy WaltonCyndi Desjardins Wilkens
Sherry Lynn Ward
Adria Wilkins
Linda McGinn WatermanAmy Williams
Delena Stuart Watson
Dr. Catherine Hart WeberDebbie Taylor Williams
Gaylyn Williams
Amber Weigand-BuckleyKarla Marie Williams
LeAnn Weiss-RupardKim Williams
Martha WeldonSherri Williams
Gwen WellingtonKathy Carlton Willis
Barbara WellsDale Wilsher
PeggySue WellsDawn Wilson
Ronda Wells, MDDebbie W. Wilson
Thelma WellsDenise Wilson
Kinda Wilson
Launa Herrmann aka Kari West
Tama WestermanSusan B. Wilson
Laurie G Westlake
Tammy WhitehurstJeanette Windle
Karen H. Whiting Karen Wingate
April M. WhittSusan Wingate
Carla WicksJean Wise
Karen Witemeyer
Erica WiggenhornKimberley Woodhouse
Jennifer Wright
Kim WierKathe L. Wunnenberg
Lori WildenbergDonna Wyland
Sharon Wilharm Sherri Wynn

AWSA members with last names beginning with Y.

Kathleen Y’Barbo-TurnerBrenda Yoder
Tina YeagerLynda Young

AWSA members with last names beginning with Z.

Lora ZillJoyce Zook
Catherine Zoller

Save the Date!

Registration not yet open.

Last Years’ schedule below as a place holder.

Last Year’s Retreat and Location Below

  • St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO (just outside St. Louis)
  • August 13 – 15 for AWSA (see full schedule here)
  • August 15 – 17 for CPE (see details below)

Transportation from the Airport to Hotel!!!

  • A friend  (anyone with a car willing to pick up?  Please post and say if you can do an airport run)
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Taxi – Ace Cab- 636-935-1838 has a special deal with the embassy suites for a flat rate of $20 to or from the airport. They have a website and an app people can use Ace Cab Online – Dispatch (acecabstcharles.com). They don’t stay at the airport but if people contact them as they land by the time they get out of the airport they can be waiting (they are not allowed to wait more than 15 minutes though.  It’s a dollar extra per person, and 3$ extra if you are flying out of Southwest Terminal, per the S.W. terminal surcharge.  You can also use them to get to restaurants.
  • There is an airport cab service that is at the airport taxi stand – they said the fare is about $28ish dollars to go to the Embassy Suites St Charles. 
  • Most expensive is the shuttle and not recommended.
  • CAUTION:  Under no circumstances should you take the Metro Link – as you will not end up where you want.

Ready to see the AWSA Sisters? After two long years?

Ready to hug or elbow bump, or just have a conversation with a friend who knows what you life is like?

YES!!!

You can refresh your soul, your heart, and your friendships at our upcoming AWSA Conference August 13 – 15 in St. Charles MO.

You’ll get to hear from Babbie Mason, Carol Kent, Linda Evans Shepherd, Erica Wiggenhorn, Dawn Scott Damon, Deb Maxey, Tina Yeager, Edie Melson, Karen Porter, Dr. Sabrina Black and many other sisters who want to pour refreshment into your spirit.

Keynote Speaker Highlights:

Babbie Mason: This Dove-award winner singer and songwriter has a powerful gospel voice and message that will wake up your heart. You may know her from her popular songs or TV show, but Babbie will strengthen your soul.

Carol Kent – From the Woman of Faith stage to events around the country, Carol Kent has a lot to say about the art, ministry, and craft of speaking. The founder of the Speak Up conference is ready to share her insight on following God’ call to writing and speaking ministry.

Erica Wiggenhorn – Erica Wiggenhorn writes Bible studies and teaches biblical principles for life change. She’s passionate about God’s Word and its ability to transform us personally, along with our relationships.

Karen Porter Karen Porter is an international speaker and an award winning author and a successful business woman. She is President of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, serves on several boards, and coaches aspiring writers and speakers.

Linda Evans Shepherd – A bestselling author of over 36 books, Linda is also an international speaker with a heart focus on the power of prayer. She founded, the Arise Esther Movement,  Leading Hearts Magazine, and the Arise Daily Devotional.

New: Cynthia Ruchti – Cynthia Ruchti, literary agent and award winning author, tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, and writers’ conferences/workshops. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.

meet cynthia | Cynthia Ruchti

Schedule Overview

  • Early Bird Dinner: 7:00 pm Thurs. August 12
  • Drop In Early Bird Conference: 9:00 am – 4:15, Fri. August 13
  • New Member & Protege Orientation: 4:15 pm Fri. August 13
  • AWSA Opening Banquet: 6:00 p.m, Fri. August 13
  • AWSA Conference day: 8:00 – 5:30, Sat. August 14
  • Girls Night Out – go out with the girlfriends with wallet! 5:30 Saturday 14
  • AWSAs Night Owl: 8:30 – 9:30, Sat, August 14 – Pop in to share and laugh together.
  • AWSA Steering and RTTH Board Meeting with dinner 5:30 –
  • Sunday Morning AWSA-led Worship with Booksellers: August 15
  • Golden Scroll Banquet: 11:30 am Sun. August 15
  • AWSA Conferences Ends: 1:30 pm Sun. August 15
  • OPTIONAL AWSA EVENTS IF YOU STAY FOR: CPE (Christian Book Expo)*
    • CPE Starts August 15 pm – August 17 pm
    • NOTE: CPE is a separate event with its own registration, banquets, and product floor show. See below.
  • Personality Party at Munce (Author Book Signings): August 15 pm (Sign-ups available at AWSA registration.)
  • AWSA led CPE Christian Writers Conference: Sun. August 15 pm – Tues. August 17 am*
  • AWSA Booth with Book Signings: August 16 – 17 (Sign-ups Available at AWSA registration!)

Conference Seminars:

  • Eddie Melson – Adapting to Ever-Changing Social Media Landscape
  • Carol Kent – Pro-Speaking Tips
  • Kathy Howard – How to Sell More Books by Serving Your Tribe
  • Amber Weigand BuckleyProtege Power-Up Seminars
  • Sharon Elliott – Business Secrets for Authors and Speakers
  • Patricia Durgin How to Create Landing Pages That Convert

Conference Panels

  • State of the Industry Panels with Publishers and Agents led by Karen Porter.
  • Our Famous Counseling Panel led by Dr. Sabrina Black

Conference Workshops:

  • A Coaching Perspective: Close to the Heart of God: Phylis Mantelli
  • A Guide to Finding Healing by Telling Your Abuse Story: Dawn Scott Damon
  • Vlogging: Christine Trimpe
  • Marketing Your Book: From Pre-Writing to Post-Release: Karen Whiting
  • Podcasting: Janell Rardon
  • Children’s Books: Crystal Bowman
  • Fiction: Kaley Rhea
  • Sharon Elliott – Branding Secrets
  • Nonfiction: Jeanette Windell
  • Devotionals: Julie Coleman

Conference Prayer Times:

  • Linda Evans Shepherd’s famous Friday Morning Prayer Warrior Class
  • Praying for our Families, Ministries & More with Tina Yeager Saturday AM

Sunday Highlights

  • Worship Service with Booksellers
  • Golden Scroll Award Banquet
  • Personality Party Booksiging (sign up on AWSA registration)
  • Munce CPE Starts with Sunday night Banquet – Separate Registration (see below)

More Highlights

  1. One on one meetings with publishers, agents, and writing coaches
  2. Free hotel breakfasts
  3. And MOST OF ALL hanging out with your AWSA Sisters!
  4. New Member and Protege Orientation and Meetup
  5. AWSA Publishing Perks and Opportunities Announcements
  6. Optional Friday Lunch
  7. Friday night and Saturday lunch banquets
  8. Saturday Night Girls Night Out (bring wallet go to restaurant with AWSAs!)
  9. The Golden Scroll & Christian Book Market Award Banquet (Aug 15) (Contest deadline May 31st.)
  10. Personality Party Book Signing; Sign up on AWSA Registration Form.
  11. Stay for the Christian Product Expo (CPE (Aug 15 – 17)
  12. Book Signings in AWSA Booth at CPE (Aug 16 – 17)
  13. AWSA Led CPE Writers Conference (Aug 15 – 17)

AWSA-led CPE Conference for AWSAs and CPE Authors (free)

  • Sunday, Aug 15; 3 – 4:  Susan Neal – “Making the Most out of a Trade Show”
  • Monday, Aug 16; 9 – 10:30: Edie Melson  -“How to Get the Most Out of Social Media”
  • Monday, Aug 16; 2 – 3:30: Cheri Cowell   – “Discover the Real Secret to Marketing”
  • Tuesday, Aug 17; 9- 10:  Suzanne Kuhn “Build Your Brand”

If you would like to know about advertising opportunities (which include placing articles, book excerpts and reviews) in the CPE Annual print issue of Leading Hearts Magazine, going to every conference attendee at CPE and AWSA as well as the Blue Ridge Writers Conference email Amber.

2020 AWSA Virtual Conference 2

This is our BIG year. The year we turn 20! The year we sound the call for us and for the women of the church to arise with Arise Esther!   And this year, it will be easier than ever to attend our conference – from your own home, phone, or computer!   Yep, this year, due to the Munce Christian Product Show changing dates, we are staying home, but staying together – via our first VIRTUAL CONFERENCE.   You will even have 48 hours to watch the conference after it ends.   IN FACT, YOU CAN CONTINUE TO WATCH AT YOUR OWN CONVENIENCE!   And besides our program, you can get 9 wonderful pre-recorded workshops! Now, you won’t miss a thing!   BTW, our new schedule is below!         WHEN: AUGUST 14 – 15.WITH OUR VIRTUAL GOLDEN SCROLL AWARDS THE EVENING OF THE 15TH.   Be sure and put the conference on your calendar.   2020 AWSA Virtual ScheduleAugust 14 – 14Schedule is to EASTERN TIMETheme: Fresh Call – “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thess. 5:24

Virtual AWSA CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 2020

REGISTER FOR AWSA VIRTUAL CONFERENCE   FRIDAY 14 – Conference Starts at 10:00 ET/9:00 CT/8:00 MT/7:00 PT   10:00            Prayer Warrior Class —­­­Linda Evans Shepherd 11:00             For Such a Time as This Panel – To discuss the times, and our response. And, how to continue to answer our call. 12:00 –12:05  Five-minute break 12:05 – 1:05  Your Media Presence Seminar – Monica Schmelter   1:05 – 1:30     25-minute LUNCH BREAK   1:30 – 3.00    State of Industry Expert Panel led by Kathy Collard Miller 3:00 – 3:05    Five-minute break. 3:05 – 4:30    The Latest in Social Media – Bethany Jett   5:00 – 5:55 – Fellowship dinner groups.  Eat together in small groups, virtually! Pass the potatoes anyone? 5:55-6:00       Five-minute break before evening program starts.   6:00—FRIDAY DINNER                        Worship —Cheri Keaggy                        Keynote —Carol Kent 7:30 –              10 minute BREAK 7:40 – 8:30   Small Fellowship Groups. – Break into small virtual groups – and introduce yourself and get to know one another.   SATURDAY 15  (all times ET.) 10:00            Worship – Sharon Tedford may intro our new Arise Esther Theme Song! ; ) 10:30             Devotional —Saundra Dalton-Smith 11:00             Special AWSA Prayer Time – Karen Porter with small virtual prayer groups. 12:00 –12:10 Ten-Minute BREAK 12:10 – 1:30   Counseling PANEL with Tina Yeager 1:30 – 1:45    15-minute BREAK   1:45—2:55    SATURDAY LUNCH Speaker; plus Linda Evans Shepherd with Cheri with Surprise Announcements   2:55 – 3:00    Five Minute BREAK 3:00 – 4:00    Promotion, Publicity & Platform – Michelle Adams 4:05 – 5:00     Final Charge – Babbie Mason; Plus Announcements   5:00 – 5:10     Ten-Minute Break 5:10 – 6:15     Dinner Fellowship Small Groups   6:15 – 7:00     45 Minute Break.  

6CT | 7:00 ET Golden Scroll Awards live on Advanced Writers & Speakers– Professional and Protege Page on Facebook   8:30 p.m.      Story Time! Fuzzy Slippers Optional – FUN OPEN MIKE – and celebrate and share your funny ministry stories.      

Prerecorded Workshops Available to watch at your convenience.

  Nine more bonus hours of learning from the sisters with pre-recorded workshops you can watch when you want!  

  1. Podcasting – Misty Phillip
  2. Basics of Fiction Writing – Lynette Eason
  3. Writing Bible Studies that Sell – Kathy Howard
  4. Screenwriting Panel – with Dianne Butts & the Hollywood Masterminds
  5. What I Learned as an Independent Children’s Book Publisher -Lee Ann Mancini
  6. The Business Side of Writing – Pam Christian
  7. Using Self Publishing to Land a Traditional Contract – Athena Dean
  8. Your Success Wise Business Choices for your Speaking Ministry – Pam Farrel
  9. Creating Virtual Content – What Not to Do – Karen Porter & Linda Evans Shepherd with the AWESOME  AWSA PLAYERS

  Click the LINK  below to see what’s available to you through AWSA and register for our virtual AWSA Conference: DON’T BE LEFT OUT!   (Because we’re going to do this again, nationally – for the women of the church, soon! What a great practice run.)

Pick your option below:

The Advanced Virtual Conference Package.  You receive:

  • Live Conference (can also watch anytime later)
  • All conference recordings,
  • All Workshops
  • Meeting with Editor.

The cost is $199.00CLICK HERE***** *****

The Virtual Value Package.  You receive:

  • Live Conference (can also watch anytime later)
  • All conference recordings,
  • All Workshops
  • NO meeting with Editor.

The cost is $149. CLICK HERE.***** *****

The Live Virtual Event Package.  You receive:

  • Live Conference (can watch recording only up to 48 hours later)
  • All Workshops
  • NO meeting with Editor.

The cost is $119. CLICK HERE.***** *****

BASIC Package.  You receive:

  • Live Conference (can watch recording only up to 48 hours later)
  • NO Workshops
  • NO meeting with Editor.

The cost is $99 CLICK HERE***** ***** If COV!D19 has made the lowest price unaffordable for you, we have special packages and even scholarships to give you a hand.   No worries and confidential.    CLICK HERE to let me know what you need.   Thank you! Love, Linda      


What’s happening at CPE Expo Aug 23 – 25 in Wilmington, DE?

Yes, we will host the Munce Worship service, Sunday morning, Aug 23rd.   We will meet in the living room attached to my room for lunch and fellowship.   We will participate in the personality party Sunday afternoon.   And we will show off our books with book signings at our AWSA booth on the Expo floor show Aug 24 – 25.   You can see the Munce CPE page HERE.   You can see more information about AWSA at Munce at link below and scroll to bottom of page.  

If you have a hotel room on the old dates, don’t forget to cancel or change it.

  If you need a hotel room, please click on the link below.   The hotel address is:Wilmington Westin818 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE 19801   You can fly into the Philadelphia Airport.   Book your Stay at The Westin: Start Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020   End Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020   NOW $159 per night (plus tax)   Last Day to Book: Monday, July 13, 2020Book your group rate for CPE 

We are planning another print issue of Leading Hearts that will be distributed to every attendee at the CPE conference, and exclusive Christian Book Buzz Facebook Live interview opportunities for AWSA attendees!

See you in Wilmington!

2020 AWSA Virtual Conference

This is our BIG year. The year we turn 20! The year we sound the call for us and for the women of the church to arise with Arise Esther!   And this year, it will be easier than ever to attend our conference – from your own home, phone, or computer!   Yep, this year, due to the Munce Christian Product Show changing dates, we are staying home, but staying together – via our first VIRTUAL CONFERENCE.   You will even have 48 hours to watch the conference after it ends.   IN FACT, YOU CAN CONTINUE TO WATCH AT YOUR OWN CONVENIENCE!   And besides our program, you can get 9 wonderful pre-recorded workshops! Now, you won’t miss a thing!   BTW, our new schedule is below!         WHEN: AUGUST 14 – 15.WITH OUR VIRTUAL GOLDEN SCROLL AWARDS THE EVENING OF THE 15TH.   Be sure and put the conference on your calendar.   2020 AWSA Virtual ScheduleAugust 14 – 14Schedule is to EASTERN TIMETheme: Fresh Call – “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thess. 5:24

Virtual AWSA CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 2020

REGISTER FOR AWSA VIRTUAL CONFERENCE   FRIDAY 14 – Conference Starts at 10:00 ET/9:00 CT/8:00 MT/7:00 PT   10:00            Prayer Warrior Class —­­­Linda Evans Shepherd 11:00             For Such a Time as This Panel – To discuss the times, and our response. And, how to continue to answer our call. 12:00 –12:05  Five-minute break 12:05 – 1:05  Your Media Presence Seminar – Monica Schmelter   1:05 – 1:30     25-minute LUNCH BREAK   1:30 – 3.00    State of Industry Expert Panel led by Kathy Collard Miller 3:00 – 3:05    Five-minute break. 3:05 – 4:30    The Latest in Social Media – Bethany Jett   5:00 – 5:55 – Fellowship dinner groups.  Eat together in small groups, virtually! Pass the potatoes anyone? 5:55-6:00       Five-minute break before evening program starts.   6:00—FRIDAY DINNER                        Worship —Cheri Keaggy                        Keynote —Carol Kent 7:30 –              10 minute BREAK 7:40 – 8:30   Small Fellowship Groups. – Break into small virtual groups – and introduce yourself and get to know one another.   SATURDAY 15  (all times ET.) 10:00            Worship – Sharon Tedford may intro our new Arise Esther Theme Song! ; ) 10:30             Devotional —Saundra Dalton-Smith 11:00             Special AWSA Prayer Time – Karen Porter with small virtual prayer groups. 12:00 –12:10 Ten-Minute BREAK 12:10 – 1:30   Counseling PANEL with Tina Yeager 1:30 – 1:45    15-minute BREAK   1:45—2:55    SATURDAY LUNCH Speaker; plus Linda Evans Shepherd with Cheri with Surprise Announcements   2:55 – 3:00    Five Minute BREAK 3:00 – 4:00    Promotion, Publicity & Platform – Michelle Adams 4:05 – 5:00     Final Charge – Babbie Mason; Plus Announcements   5:00 – 5:10     Ten-Minute Break 5:10 – 6:15     Dinner Fellowship Small Groups   6:15 – 7:00     45 Minute Break.  

6CT | 7:00 ET Golden Scroll Awards live on Advanced Writers & Speakers– Professional and Protege Page on Facebook   8:30 p.m.      Story Time! Fuzzy Slippers Optional – FUN OPEN MIKE – and celebrate and share your funny ministry stories.      

Prerecorded Workshops Available to watch at your convenience.

  Nine more bonus hours of learning from the sisters with pre-recorded workshops you can watch when you want!  

  1. Podcasting – Misty Phillip
  2. Basics of Fiction Writing – Lynette Eason
  3. Writing Bible Studies that Sell – Kathy Howard
  4. Screenwriting Panel – with Dianne Butts & the Hollywood Masterminds
  5. What I Learned as an Independent Children’s Book Publisher -Lee Ann Mancini
  6. The Business Side of Writing – Pam Christian
  7. Using Self Publishing to Land a Traditional Contract – Athena Dean
  8. Your Success Wise Business Choices for your Speaking Ministry – Pam Farrel
  9. Creating Virtual Content – What Not to Do – Karen Porter & Linda Evans Shepherd with the AWESOME  AWSA PLAYERS

  Click the LINK  below to see what’s available to you through AWSA and register for our virtual AWSA Conference: DON’T BE LEFT OUT!   (Because we’re going to do this again, nationally – for the women of the church, soon! What a great practice run.)

Pick your option below:

The Advanced Virtual Conference Package.  You receive:

  • Live Conference (can also watch anytime later)
  • All conference recordings,
  • All Workshops
  • Meeting with Editor.

The cost is $199.00CLICK HERE***** *****

The Virtual Value Package.  You receive:

  • Live Conference (can also watch anytime later)
  • All conference recordings,
  • All Workshops
  • NO meeting with Editor.

The cost is $149. CLICK HERE.***** *****

The Live Virtual Event Package.  You receive:

  • Live Conference (can watch recording only up to 48 hours later)
  • All Workshops
  • NO meeting with Editor.

The cost is $119. CLICK HERE.***** *****

BASIC Package.  You receive:

  • Live Conference (can watch recording only up to 48 hours later)
  • NO Workshops
  • NO meeting with Editor.

The cost is $99 CLICK HERE***** ***** If COV!D19 has made the lowest price unaffordable for you, we have special packages and even scholarships to give you a hand.   No worries and confidential.    CLICK HERE to let me know what you need.   Thank you! Love, Linda      


What’s happening at CPE Expo Aug 23 – 25 in Wilmington, DE?

Yes, we will host the Munce Worship service, Sunday morning, Aug 23rd.   We will meet in the living room attached to my room for lunch and fellowship.   We will participate in the personality party Sunday afternoon.   And we will show off our books with book signings at our AWSA booth on the Expo floor show Aug 24 – 25.   You can see the Munce CPE page HERE.   You can see more information about AWSA at Munce at link below and scroll to bottom of page.  

If you have a hotel room on the old dates, don’t forget to cancel or change it.

  If you need a hotel room, please click on the link below.   The hotel address is:Wilmington Westin818 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE 19801   You can fly into the Philadelphia Airport.   Book your Stay at The Westin: Start Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020   End Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020   NOW $159 per night (plus tax)   Last Day to Book: Monday, July 13, 2020Book your group rate for CPE 

We are planning another print issue of Leading Hearts that will be distributed to every attendee at the CPE conference, and exclusive Christian Book Buzz Facebook Live interview opportunities for AWSA attendees!

See you in Wilmington!

2021 Golden Scroll Winners

AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) announced the winners of the 2021 Golden Scroll Awards at the Golden Scroll Banquet, Sunday, August 15, at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Awards were presented by Linda Evans Shepherd, founder and CEO of AWSA, best-selling authors and international speakers Carol Kent, Dawn Scott Damon, and Rhonda Rhea.

Linda Evans Shepherd presents Babbie Mason 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

This is the 13th year that AWSA has presented the Golden Scroll Awards which were open to the nearly 800 members of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Martha Bolton was named AWSA member of the Year. The Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award went to Karen Porter. 

Karen Porter wins 2021 Jennifer Kennedy Dean Award

Two-time Dove-award winning recording artist and author Babbie Mason was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Golden Scroll Awards included the Book of the Year was awarded to Carol and Gene Kent and Cindy and David Lambert for “Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst” (Revell).

Linda Evans Shepherd presents Gene and Carol Kent with 2021 Book of the Year.

The Nonfiction Book of the Year Award went to Janell Rardon for “Stronger Every Day: 9 Tools for an Emotionally Healthy You” (Revell).

Janell Rardon Nonfiction Book of the Year

The Novel of the Year Award went to Lisa Betz for “Death and a Crocodile” (Crosslink Publishing).

The Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Crystal Bowman and Douglas Groothuis, illustrated by Robert Sauber, for “I Love You to the Stars: When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers” (Kregel).

The GS Children’s Book of the Year Crystal Bowman

The Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Nietert and Lynn Cowell for “Loved and Cherished: 100 Devotionals for Girls” (ZonderKidz).

Michelle Nietert wins the GS Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year

Second place for Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Tama Fortner (illustrated by Wazza Pink) for “Christmas is Coming!” (BH Kids).

The Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michele McCarthy for “Aunt Ida Clare” (Elk Lake Publishing).

Michele McCarthy wins GS Children’s Fiction Book of the Year.

Second place for Children’s Fiction Book of the Year went to Michelle Lazurek for “Mommy, Am I Strong?” (Bowker). Third place went to Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley (illustrated by Anna Kubaszewska) for “My Arms Will Hold You Tight” (Tyndale Kids).

The Christian Education Book of the Year was awarded to DiAnn Mills for “Exploring the Art of Character” (Bold Vision Books).

Second place for Christian Educational Book of the Year went to Linda Gilden and Linda Goldfarb for “Linked for Couples” (Bold Vision Books). Third place went to Karen Porter for “Amplify: Secrets for Successful Speaking” (Bold Vision Books).

The Christian Living Book of the Year went to Michelle Rayburn with commentary by Phil Rayburn for “Classic Marriage: Staying in Love as Your Odometer Climbs” (Faith Creative Life Books).

Second place for Christian Living Book of the Year went to Margot Starbuck for “The Grown Woman’s Guide to Online Dating: Lessons Learned While Swiping Right, Snapping Selfies, and Analyzing Emojis” (Thomas Nelson). Third place went to Lynn Eib for “When Grief and God Meet: Comfort and Courage for Your Journey” (Tyndale Publishers).

The Bible Study Book of the Year was awarded to Carol Tetzlaff for “Ezra Unleashing the Power of Praise: A 7 Week Bible Study” (Redemption Press).

Second place for Bible Study Book of the Year went to Joyce Ainsworth and June Chapko for “Count it All Joy: Wellness and Health, A Study in James” (Joyce Ainsworth and June Chapko). Third place went to Stephanie Pavalantos for “Jewels of Hebrews” (Mt. Zion Ridge Press).

The Memoir of the Year was awarded to Martha Bolton and Linda Hope for “Dear Bob: Bob Hope’s Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.s of World War II” (University Press of Mississippi).

Second place for Memoir of the Year went to Annie Farris for “That One Person: The True Story of a God Appointed Stranger Who Saved the Life of a Little Girl with Her Love” (Crosslink Publishing). Third place went to Jeanette Windle and Abe Cruz for “Forever Faith: The Abe Cruz Story, Mindset of Champions” (Forever Faith Press).

The Inspirational Gift Book of the Year was awarded to Mary Potter Kenyon for “Called to Be Creative” (Familius).

Second place for Inspirational Gift Book of the Year went to Cynthia Cavanaugh, editor, for “She Writes for Him: Black Voices of Wisdom” (Redemption Press). Third place went to Cynthia Cavanaugh, editor, for “She Writes for Him: Stories of Living Hope” (Redemption Press).

The Devotional Book of the Year went to Grace Fox “Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions for Calm in the Chaos” (Aspire Press).

Second place for Devotional Book of the Year was a tie with Karen Whiting for “Growing a Mother’s Heart: Devotions of Faith, Hope, and Love from Mothers Past, Present, and Future” (AMG Publishers) and Kathy Collard and Larry Miller for “God’s Intriguing Questions: 60 New Testament Devotions Revealing Jesus’ Nature” (Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.). 

Third place was also a tie with Carla Wicks for “That Still Small Whisper” (Motivation Champs Publishing) and Kathy Howard for “Deep Rooted: Growing Through the Gospel of Mark” (Bold Vision Books).

The Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year was awarded to Lynette Eason for “Acceptable Risk” (Baker).

Second place for the Mystery/Suspense Novel of the Year went to Carrie Stuart Parks for “Relative Silence” (Thomas Nelson). Third place went to Lynette Eason for “Collateral Damage” (Baker).

The Contemporary Novel of the Year was awarded to Deborah Maxey for “The Endling: A Novel” (Firefly Southern Fiction).

Deborah Maxey won the Contemporary Novel of the Year.

Second place for Contemporary Novel of the Year went to Deborah Raney for “Finding Wings” (Kregel Publications). Third place went to Carol Stratton for “Deep End of the Lake” (LPC Books).

The Historical Novel of the Year was awarded to Rebecca Price Janney for “Easton at the Pass” (Elk Lake Publishing).

Second place for Historical Novel of the Year went to Jocelyn Green for “Shadows of the White City (Bethany House Publishers). Third place went to Starr Ayers for “For the Love of Emma” (Mountain Brook Ink).

The Romance Novel of the Year was awarded to Sandra P. Aldrich for “Embracing Eden: Zetta’s Granddaughter Returns Home” (Bold Words, Inc.).

Second place for Romance Novel of the Year went to Konnie K. Viner for “Amaryllis Journey” (Redemption Press).

The Novella of the Year was awarded to Deborah Raney for “Making Room at the Inn” (Barbour).

The Arise Daily Writer of the Year was awarded to Patti Richter.

AWSA’s official magazine, “Leading Hearts,” won their seventh straight Evangelical Press Association Merit award. The “Leading Hearts” Columnist of the Year went to Edie Melson. Feature Article of the Year went to Michelle S. Lazurek for her article, “Arise to Contentment.”

The 2021 graduating Certified AWSA Coaches were recognized: Michelle Bengtson, Patricia Durgin, Debora Coty, Michelle Lazurek, and Janet McHenry 

This is the second year to present the Christian Market Book Awards. These awards are open to all authors who publish in the Christian market.

The Christian Market Book of the Year was awarded to Martha Bolton with Linda Hope for “Dear Bob: Bob Hope’s Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.s of World War II” (University Press of Mississippi).

The Christian Market Christian Living Book of the Year was awarded to Carol and Gene Kent, Cindy and David Lambert for “Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst” (Revell).

The Christian Market Devotional of the Year was awarded to Rachel Dodge “The Anne of Green Gables Devotional: A Chapter-by-Chapter Companion for Kindred Spirits” (Barbour Books).

The Christian Market Memoir of the Year was awarded to Abe Cruz and Jeanette Windle for “Forever Faith: The Abe Cruz Story, Mindset of Champions” (Forever Faith Press).

Abe Cruz and Jeanette Windle win CM Memoir of the Year

The Christian Market Children’s Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Medlock Adams, illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole for “Cuddle-Up Prayers” (Worthy Kids).

Michelle Medlock Adams won the CM Children’s Book of the Year

The Christian Market Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Nietert and Lynn Cowell for “Loved and Cherished: 100 Devotionals for Girls” (Zonderkidz).

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Nonfiction Book of the Year went to Tim Shorey, illustrated by Dan Lee, for “An ABC Prayer to Jesus: Praise for Hearts Both Young and Old” (Redemption Press).

The Christian Market Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was awarded to Jill Roman Lord for “Dream Big, My Precious One” (WorthyKids).

Second place for the Christian Market Children’s Fiction Book of the Year was a tie with Crystal Bowman and Douglas Groothuis, illustrated by Robert Sauber, for “I Love You to the Stars: When Grandma Forgets, Love Remembers” (Kregel) and Michele McCarthy, illustrated by Kerri-Jean Malmsten, for “Aunt Ida Clare” (Elk Lake Publishing). Third place went to Jill Roman Lord, illustrated by Sarah Demonteverde, for “You’re More Than a Sprout” (BH Kids).

The Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year was awarded to Michelle Rayburn with Commentary by Phil Rayburn for “Classic Marriage: Staying in Love as Your Odometer Climbs” (Faith Creative Life Books).

Second place for the Christian Market Nonfiction Book of the Year was a tie with Lynn Eib for “When God and Grief Meet: Comfort and Courage for Your Journey” (Tyndale Publishers) and Julie Lavender for “365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories” (Revell). Third place went to Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner for “Unraveling the Lie-Knot: Finding Freedom from the Tangles of Discouragement, Deception, and Depression” (Freedom in Christ Ministries International).

Julie Lavender wins CM 2nd Place Tie for Nonfiction Book of the Year.

The Christian Market Novel of the Year was a tie. Cindy K. Sproles wrote “What Momma Left Behind” (Baker Revell), and Deborah Maxey wrote “The Endling: A Novel” (Firefly Southern Fiction).

Second place for the Christian Market Novel of the Year was awarded to Susan Miura for “Surviving Carmelita” (CrossRiver Media). Third place went to Billie Fulton, illustrated by John Fulton, for “Just a Moment: Changes a Life Forever” (Elk 

A parody, written by Martha Bolton, was performed by Babbie Mason, Rhonda Rhea and Karen Porter. Cynthia Ruchti delivered the keynote address.AWSA, the sponsor of the Golden Scroll Awards Banquet, is an outreach of Right to the Heart Ministries and consists of nearly 800 top women authors who both publish and speak nationally. See www.AWSA.com.

Congratulations Winners!

To see last year’s winners, click HERE.

To see 2019 winners, click HERE.

See the 2018 winners, click HERE.

See the 2017 winners, click HERE.

See the 2016 winners, click HERE.

See the 2015 winners, click HERE.

See the 2014 winners, click HERE.

See the 2013 winners, click HERE.

See the 2012 winners, click HERE.

See the 2011 winners, click HERE.

See the 2010 winners, click HERE.

See the 2009 winners, click HERE.

To apply for AWSA membership, click HERE.

Christian Market Book Awards

  • This award is open to ALL Christian authors for books published in the Christian marketplace.
  • Books should be published between January 1, 2021 and June 1, 2022.
  • Deadline: May 31st, 2022
  • You can pay for your entry by check or online, to pay online CLICK HERE.
  • If paying by check, may your checks payable to AWSA.
  • Download entry form HERE.

This includes the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Children

Click to see the 2021 Golden Scroll Award Winners.

Award Show with Michael W. Smith