Record-breaking number of award nominations for our book!

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider has broken records by being nominated for 27 awards—the most ever for a single book—in The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards!

The judges shortlisted 16 articles and stories by 15 writers.

Yes, one of them is my short story, "Twenty-five Years Later," which chronicles the reunion of four women in their 40s who haven't met since they graduated from college.

Plus, of course, I edited all the other entries, so I'm doubly pleased.

The award winners will be announced June 13 at The Word Guild Awards Gala at World Vision in Mississauga, Ontario.

Complete awards shortlist

Award nominations

Unfortunately, the way it works is that when there are urgent things needing doing for The Word Guild, my own writing gets sadly neglected – including this site. I've actually been working like mad on Write! Canada and on starting a new site for The Word Guild Awards.

But I was reminded last night that I ought to mention that I have been shortlisted for three awards. well, two stories. Both of them from Hot Apple Cider. "The Diamond Ring" is shortlisted for the General Readership article, along with three others. And both it and "My Letter to the Editor" are shortlisted for Inspirational/Devotional article:

Article—General Readership
Cynthia d'Entremont of Lakeview, N.S. for “An Unexpected Gift” (A Maritime Christmas: New Stories and Memories of the Season Anthology)
Angelina Fast-Vlaar of St. Catharines, Ont. for “It Was Then That I Carried You” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
N. J. Lindquist of Markham, Ont. for “The Diamond Ring” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
Colleen Taylor of Duval, Sask. for “Arlington Beach Camp and Conference Centre: a very special place” (Last Mountain Times)
Colleen Taylor of Duval, Sask. for “Newschool Arts: so much more than pottery” (Last Mountain Times)

Article—Inspirational/Devotional
N. J. Lindquist of Markham, Ont. for “My Letter to the Editor” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
N. J. Lindquist of Markham, Ont. for “The Diamond Ring” (Hot Apple Cider Anthology)
Rose McCormick Brandon of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. for “Discouraged” (Today's Pentecostal Evangel)

Of course, I edited Angie's story in Hot Apple Cider, so that's cool. :) I think a couple of other pieces from Hot Apple Cider are also up for awards.

And Colleen Taylor's article on Arlington Beach Camp and Conference Centre brings back memories. I was born in Regina and lived there for a number of years after I was married. (My husband is from Swift Current). We lived at Arlington Beach Camp the first summer after we were married, looking after the camp store and the grounds. Les also served as life guard. And the following summer we directed a camp for junior highs.A long time ago…

Check out the complete list of finalists for these awards, as well as the Best New Canadian Author Award finalists and the press release for the 2009 Leslie K. Tarr Award winner, Ray Wiseman.

The Word Guild Awards Gala on June 17th will be held at World Vision headquarters in Mississauga. It's open to the public. With Herbie Kuhn (the Air Canada voice of the Toronto Raptors) as emcee, it's guaranteed to be a great evening.

June 17, 2009: World Vision headquarters, 1 World Drive, Mississauga. For tickets call Jeanette Duncan at 519-886-4196.