by Julie McDonald Zander, co-chair of the Cascade Awards Program
Brush off those books and articles you published in 2014 and finish tweaking those yet-to-be-published pieces so you can enter them in the 2015 Cascade Writing Contest beginning Valentine’s Day.
The contest, which is in its third year, is your chance to obtain recognition for your writing and gain valuable feedback while competing for awards in nearly a dozen writing categories. Our preliminary and finals judges spend countless hours reviewing entries to help writers improve their skills.
Each category will have a winner in both the published and unpublished divisions. Finalists will have their entries reviewed by five people—three preliminary judges and two finals judges.
Among the finals judges who have graciously agreed to help with the 2015 contest are editors Daisy Hutton (HarperCollins), Kim Bangs (Bethany/Chosen), Nick Harrison (Harvest House), Susan King (The Upper Room), Sherri Langton (Bible Advocate), and agents Sally Apokedak (Les Stobbe Literary), Bill Jensen (William K Jensen Agency), and Alice Crider (WordServe Agency).
The awards will be presented at the OCW summer conference the evening of Wednesday, August 12. Susan May Warren will return as host.
Stay tuned to this website for information about the categories, judging criteria, entry fees, and rules.