We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Cascade Writing Contest finalists. The winners will be announced at the Cascade Awards during the OCW Summer Coaching Conference on August 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations to the following finalists for the 2015 Cascade Awards.


Published Contemporary Fiction Book

Like There’s No Tomorrow by Camille Eide

Pure Evil by John Lawe (aka Don Crabtree)

All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti

Published Historical Fiction Book

I Was There: Eyewitnesses at the Foot of the Cross by Peter Falconer Hansen

Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo

Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett

Forget Me Not by Miralee Ferrell

Published Memoir

God and Grandpa: Lessons Learned on the Road Trip of a Lifetime by Justin Farrell

Those Were the Days by Mary Catherine Martin

Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe by Erin Taylor Young

Published Nonfiction Book

Naked and Unashamed: How the Good News of Jesus Transforms Intimacy by Robert Toornstra

Persevering Parent: Finding Strength to Raise Your Child with Social, Emotional or Behavioral Challenges by Karen Crum

With God . . . on a Tanzanian Safari by Annette Friesen Cone

Published Children’s Book

Catch Me Doing Something Good! by Janie Berry

A Trip for Mrs. Claus by Laura Lee Scott

Little Beth of the Forest by Cheri Turk

Published Speculative Fiction Book

Blood for Blood by Ben Wolf

A Time to Endure by Kyle Pratt

The Republic of Texas 2022: Texas’ last stand for faith and freedom by Gary Bray

Published Young Adult/Middle Grade Book

The Snowball Fight Professional by Angela Ruth Strong

A Gentile in Deseret by Rosanne Croft

The Water Fight Professional by Angela Ruth Strong

Published Articles, Columns, Blog Posts

“Some New Growth Just Needs Time” by Dorcas Smucker

“They’re Watching” by Rebecca Olmstead

“In God We Trust” by Linda Jett

Published Devotional

“The Gift” by Heidi Gaul

“Treasure Keeper” by Andi Hines aka Andi Lee (pen name)

“Pork Problems” by Laura Bradford

Published Flash Fiction or Short Story

“Except for My Dog Tags” by Jeanette-Marie Mirich

“Lost and Found” by Roberta Hegland

Published Poetry

“Poet’s Song” by Gayle Carlson

“When the Soul Felt Its Worth (A Poem on Christmas)” by Jason Hague

“Sojourners” by Lynn Hare



Unpublished Contemporary Fiction

Blood for Blood by Leanna Hollis

David King by Pamela McDavid

Twining Vines by Rebecca Cuadra George

Unpublished Historical Fiction

Trusting a Thief by Joanna Davidson Politano

No One Would Know by Kathleen Freeman

Nom De Plume by Joanna Davidson Politano

Unpublished Children’s

I’ll Tuck You in Mama by Kim Conolly

Little Flame Shares His Light by Tina Louise Gollings

Sofia and the Golden Cage by Becky Cuadra George

The Thudding Footsteps by Cheryl Secomb

Unpublished Memoir

Grieving Gumdrops: The Sweeter Side of Grief by Daphne Greer

Intimacy with God: One Man’s Journey by Rob Oberto

Remarkable by Larry Lent


Unpublished Nonfiction

Up Against the Chalkboard by Karen Dorsey

Healing Words for Hurting Women: Ten Women Find Healing in the Words of Jesus by Bethany Hayes

The Gift of Social Anxiety by Julie Rajnus


Unpublished Speculative Fiction

Rebirth by Amy McNew aka Amy Brock McNew (pen name)

The Heir of Draven by Dana Black

Aalok & the Coming Future by Glenn Turner aka Glenn Turner and Angel Torres (pen name)


Unpublished Young Adult/Middle Grade

Pursued by Megan Menard

Rebuilding Shelby Merritt by Ashley Mays

Caught in Flames by Sarah Tipton


Unpublished Articles

“Hurry to Goodbye” by Patti Lee

“Surprised by Squash” by Abigail Schreiner

“Limitless God” by Kelly Fritz


Unpublished Devotionals

“Into His Presence” by Shari Caroll

“Sleeping with Parakeets” by Carole Harmon

“The Birthday List” by Karen Alban

“Flying Blind” by Shari Carroll


Unpublished Flash Fiction/Short Stories

“The Judge” by Rachel Baugh

“A Gift of Straw” by Dan Campbell

“Rose” by Connie Edwards aka Stephie Joans (pen name)

“Not Again!” by Sandy Zaugg

Unpublished Poetry

“Winter” by Debbie Kees

“Smooth Stones” by Jane Reid

“Maybe, Just Maybe” by Victoria Kenow

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