Winner Announcements 5th Annual “Promising Beginnings” Writing Contest

full scholarship to a conference.

This year, for the 5th annual Promising Beginnings contest, I offered a choice between two options:

 Full scholarship to the 2017 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, including meals and economy lodging


Full scholarship to the 2017 SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference, including meals and dorm lodging plus reimbursement of travel expenses

 I received about a hundred entries this year, and it’s never easy to pick just one winner! But I always pray that the Holy Spirit will lead to me to whoever He wants to attend the conference, who wouldn’t be able to go without this scholarship.

This year, the Lord provided the resources for me to choose two winners: one for each conference. And the winners are … (Drum roll here!)
Amy Drown won first place with her historical romantic suspense Love, Death, and Other Basement Bargains. She will be going to the Mount Hermon conference.

David Leach won second place with his nonfiction, A New Axis of Evil. He will be attending the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference.

Congratulations, Amy and David! I am confident that God has great plans for blessing you abundantly at these conferences. I look forward to hearing your stories!

For those who didn’t win, I hope you will consider attending one or both of these conferences. If you can’t afford the full price, I encourage you to apply for a partial scholarship. (Go to for information on how to apply for a “campership.” Go to for a list of ways you can earn a full or partial working scholarship.)

If the Lord provides, I hope to run this contest again next year. So keep developing your writing skills and check my blog, newsletter, and social media next fall for announcements of the 6th annual Promising Beginnings Contest!