Thursday, 27 December 2018

CWD Highlights October-December 2018

Christian Writers Downunder is a diverse group of writers, editors, bloggers, illustrators. As a group we support each other through our facebook page and blog.

Today's blog will highlight some of the achievements of our members from October to December 2018



The CALEB award winners were announced at the end of October, including some of CWD members. Congratulations to the winners. 

Carolyn Miller (Fiction, for The Ellusive Miss Ellison)
Jen Gibbs (Non-fiction, for She)
Penny Reeve (Children’s, for Camp Max)
Susan J Bruce (Unpublished Fiction)

Carolyn Miller - overall runner-up
Penny Reeve - overall winner of CALEB award.

Jeanette Grant-Thomson

Jeanette's short story 'My Friend Peter' won a runner-up prize in Stories of Life and is published in Three Dummies in a Dinghy anthology (Morning Star Publishers, November 29th 2018)

The competition is sponsored by Tabor College, Eternity Matters and Lutheran Schools Association and a cash prize is given to each runner-up.

Jeanette's short story if the story of a long-term friendship, written with past tense (Peter as a vibrant, faith-filled young man) interwoven with present tense ( Peter has Parkinson's disease).

Jeanette have been writing most of her life. She is a published author of numerous books and a teacher living in the Moreton area north of Brisbane.

Three Dummies in a Dinghy is available from Morning Star Publishers here.

Submissions Accepted

R J Rodda has a story accepted in the recently published The Crux anthology

New Releases

Stone of the Sea

At the end of October Jeanette O'Hagan released Stone of the Sea, novella 3 of the Under the Mountain series.

The Crystal Heart may be saved, but the people under the mountain are running out of food, while strife and disaster bubble beneath the surface, Zadeki and the twins must make hard choices and face new dangers to save the underground realm.

Stone of the Sea (published By the Light Books, Oct 2018) is available here.   The first two novellas Heart of the Mountain & Blood Crystal are available for 99cUSD (about $1.50 AUD) until the end of December 2018

Jeanette loves writing fantasy and sci-fi in the world of Nardva. She has published one novel, three novellas (in the Under the Mountain series) and a collection of short stories. 

Clash of Faiths

Sustan Preston has published her third novella in the spin-off series from her Apostle John Series. The ‘series’ follows ‘Old Simon’s’ family members.

Clash of Faiths is the third in the series, and as the title says – there is a ‘clash of faiths’ when Judah, is reunited with his father after he returns from Egypt and becomes curious about the faith of the followers of the Way. Heretics!

The novella is $2.99 US and can be purchased here.

It was published on Amazon in October, 2018 and Susan plan to finish a fourth novella completing the series next year.

If they could Talk

If They Could Talk is a collection of stories from a local Adelaide writing group, Literati, and edited by Susan J Bruce.  Each story is a bible story told by an animal.   Released by Morning Star Publishers on 29th November, you can purchase a copy here.

Hell on the Doorstep

Hell on the Doorstep by John and Jan Graham and Meredith Resce was released by Golden Grain Publishing in October. 

Hell on the Doorstep is a a nonfiction story, a semi biographical story by church workers, John and Jan Graham who in the thick of the Black Saturday Bushfires, found themselves in charge of the major relief effort. It's available at Koorong and other stores.

Other News

Omega Writers Book Fair (Brisbane)

Planning for the Omega Writers Book Fair in 2019 continues. Please note the date change to Saturday 16 March 2018

We are excited to have Healing History workshop presented by Anne Hamilton and Writing Life Stories by Ruth Bonetti.  To keep up to date with developments, like the Omega Writers Book Fair page here

And save the date Saturday, 16 March 2019

Toowoomba Writers Retreat (Toowoomba)

The Toowoomba Writers Retreat is on again in  from 7-9 June 2019. 

The keynote speaker will be the fabulous Jo-Anne Berthelsen. She'll do two sessions relevant to fiction and non-fiction writers. There will be an Indie Publishing Panel; and lots of free time for writing, networking, brainstorming and soaking up the beautiful surrounds. So pop it in your calendars now. More info to come in the New Year.

Congratulations to all our members for your milestones and achievements in 2018. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas time and a blessed and happy New Year.


  1. Thanks Jenny for presenting our members achievements of the last quarter so beautifully. Lovely to read of many writers' milestones. Well done to you all. And it's great to look forward to writerly events in 2019 too.

  2. Thanks Jenny. An interesting post. Congratulations on your ongoing output! We seem to be quite a productive group. Congratulations to all who were mentioned.

  3. Wow - a talented group of Christian writers. Well done and keep writing. :)