The results are in!The books have been read. The score sheets have been completed. The scores have been totalled, and Omega Writers are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 CALEB Award.
First, a big thank you to our first-round judges. No writing contest can operate without judges, and we appreciate the time and effort you've contributed.
Picture BookThe finalists in the Picture Book category are:
- The Invisible Tree: Goodness, written by Kirrily Lowe and illustrated by Henry Smith
- Lily's Balloon, written by Katrina Roe and illustrated by Helene Magisson
- Wilbur the Wooly, written and illustrated by Nikki Rogers
Sponsored by: Simon Malcolm ProductionsThe Picture Book winners will receive their choice of a $400 voucher from Simon Malcolm Productions, or two $200 manuscript appraisals from a children's book specialist.
Young Adult FictionThe finalists in the Young Adult Fiction category are:
- Finding Kerra by Rosanne Hawke
- Out of the Cages by Penny Jaye
- Being Jazmine by Cecily Anne Paterson
Sponsored by: Christian Editing ServicesThe Young Adult Fiction winner will receive a $400 voucher from Iola Goulton at Christian Editing Services.
Adult FictionThe finalists in the Adult Fiction (General) category are:
- Under a Blue Moon by Phillip Cook
- Grace in the Shadows by Christine Dillon
- Iscariot by Mark Worthing
Sponsored by: Fire Wheel PressThe Adult Fiction winner will receive a $400 voucher from Cecily Paterson at Fire Wheel Press.
Biography or MemoirThe finalists in the Biography or Memoir category are:
- The Sides of Heaven by Hazel Barker
- Hudson Taylor and China: A Dramatic Biography by David Bennett
- Hidden Thorns by Marie-Rose Fox
Sponsored by: Apricot EditingThe Adult Fiction winner will receive a $400 voucher from Shona Weston at Apricot Editing.
Unpublished Adult FictionThe finalists in the Unpublished Adult Fiction category are:
- Catherine Murray
- Claire Steel
- Carmen Thornton
Sponsored by: Book WhispersThe Unpublished winner will receive a $400 voucher from Rowena Beresford at Book Whispers.
Congratulations, everyone!These entries are now on their way to the final-round judges—I don't envy their jobs!
The winners of the CALEB Awards will be announced as part of the 2019 Omega Writer's Conference. The keynote speaker this year is Christian agent Steve Laube, of the Steve Laube Agency.
Omega Writers ConferenceThe conference will be held from 11 to 13 October 2019 at the Edmund Rice Retreat Centre, Mulgoa. Transport is easy, as there will be a bus transfer to and from Sydney Airport.
Sign up now—earlybird registration closes on 15 July.
Click here to find out more and register.
Conference ScholarshipsOmega Writers have been able to offer are offering one full and two partial scholarships to the 2019 conference. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- 500 words of your best writing.
- 25-100 words telling us what you hope to achieve by coming to the conference, and why you haven’t been able to come before.
Applications close on 11 July 2019, so get in fast!