And The Winner Is…

2018 Selah Finalist StickerIt was a pins and needles kind of week for me. Wednesday, May 23, was the date that the Selah Awards were to be announced, and all day, I was anxious for 7 PM ET to arrive. Of course, I couldn’t be at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference this year (drat! I missed everyone!!!), but they were kind enough to try and set up a live feed for those like me who couldn’t attend. The live feed wasn’t without its issues, but the word did trickle out. Slowly…very, very slowly! LOL

I was stunned to learn that my novella, The Outcast’s Redemption (part of the Secret The Secret Admirer Romance CollectionAdmirer Romance Collection) WON for the best western title in 2018! I say stunned because it was facing very stiff competition–two wonderful novel-length entries, one by Jayme Mansfield and the other by Donna L. H. Smith. I thought for sure that my 20,000-word novella didn’t have much chance, since novels provide so much more opportunity to develop characters and plotlines. But Lucky and Maisie’s story won! I’m very humbled and honored!

But there are so many wonderful 2018 Selah Winners to celebrate, so here they are:

Children’s Picture Books
 
My First Day of School by Michelle Medlock Adams
Worthy Kids/Ideal
Melinda Rumbaugh and Peggy Schaefer, editors
Steve Laube, Agent
 
Middle Grade Novel
 
Stranded on Thin Ice by Sharon CassanoLochman
Ontario Shore Publishing
 
YA Fiction
 
Escape to Vindor by Emily Golus
Taberah Press
Mary Beth Dahl & Vie Herlocker, Editors
 
Contemporary Romance
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Kelsey Bowen, Editor
Jessica Kirkland, Agent

Contemporary Women’s Fiction
 
A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
Abington Press
Ramona Richards, Jamie Clarke Chavez, Editor
Wendy Lawton
 
First Novel
 
Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Jennifer Slattery, Eva Marie Everson, Editors
 
 
Historical/Biblical
 
With This Peace by Karen Campbell Prough
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Amberlyn Dwinnell, Eva Marie Everson, Editors
Linda Glaz, Agent
 
Historical Romance
 
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight by Suzanne Dietze
Barbour Publishing
Rebecca Germany, Editor
Tamela Hancock Murray, Agent
 
Mystery/Suspense
 
The Faithful One by Michele Chynoweth
Morgan James Publishing
 
Novella
 
Keara’s Escape by Anne Greene
Forget Me Not Romances
Cynthia Hickey, Editor
 
Romantic Suspense
Unintended Consequences by Dan Walsh
Bainbridge Press
Cindi Walsh, Editor
 
Speculative Fiction
 
The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe
Write Integrity Press
Marji Laine Clubine, Editor
 
Western
 
The Outcast’s Redemption (The Secret Admirer Romance Collection) by Jennifer Uhlarik
Barbour Publishing
Rebecca Germany, Editor
Julie Gwinn, Agent
 
NONFICTION BOOKS
 
Bible Study
 
The Unexplainable Church: Reigniting the Mission of the Early Believers, by Erica Wiggenhorn
Moody Publishers
Pam Pugh, Editor
 
Christian Life
 
7 Steps to Get Off Sugar & Carbohydrates by Susan Neal
Christian Yoga
Janis Whipple, Editor
Cyle Young, Agent
 
General Nonfiction
 
Spiritual Prepper by Jake McCandless
WND Books
Geoff Stone, Editor
Cyle Young, Agent
 
Inspiration & Gift
 
Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve & Cherish Your Baby After Pregnancy Loss by Sarah Philpott, PhD
Broadstreet Publishing
David Sluka, Editor
Blythe Daniel, Agent
 
Memoir
Forgiveness in the First Degree by Randol Hammer & Phillip Robinson (with Margot Starbuck)
FaithHappenings Publishers
Kelly Boeving, Editor
Greg Johnson, Agent
 
 
2018 Selah Books of the Year
(This year, only two books—one fiction, one nonfiction—received two perfect scores. And so, this year we are awarding the Selah Book of the Year award to both genres.)
 
Nonfiction:
 
Under Inspiration & Gift
Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve & Cherish Your Baby After Pregnancy Loss by Sarah Philpott, PhD
Broadstreet Publishing
David Sluka, Editor
Blythe Daniel, Agent
Fiction
Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brackett
Firefly Southern Fiction/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Jennifer Slattery, Eva Marie Everson, Editors

Congrats to all! The Selahs had over 200 entries this year, and the competition was steep! I’m so honored to be a part!

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