2016 Cascade Contest Finalists

We are very pleased to announce the 2016 Cascade Writing Contest finalists. The winners will be announced at the Cascade Awards during the OCW Summer Coaching Conference on August 17, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon.

Congratulations to the following finalists for the 2016 Cascade Awards!




Published Contemporary Fiction Book

Like a Love Song by Camille Eide

Saving Eric by Joan Deneve

Dance of Grace by Stacy Monson


Published Historical Fiction Book

The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide

West for the Black Hills by Peter Leavell

Sins of the Mother by Caryl McAdoo


Published Memoir

My God Is Bigger by Helen Heavirland

Beyond Second Chances by Shirley Mozena

Intimacy with God by Rob Oberto


Published Nonfiction Book

Tragedy Transformed by Gordon Grose

Garage Sale of the Mind by Jim Hills

The Name Quest by John Avery


Published Children’s Book

The Day Sad Arrived by Kathleen Sawyer

I’d Punch a Lion in the Eye by Ben Wolf

Mae and Clover by Janie Berry


Published Young Adult/Middle Grade Book

Mystery Rider by Miralee Ferrell

Picture Imperfect by Susan Maas

When Sparrows Fall by Diana Blackstone-Helt


Published Devotional Book

I Have Called You Friends by Shirley Dechaine

Haywire Christmas by Jenni Hunt

Dedicating Heart and Mind to God by Sheldon Nord


Published Articles, Columns, Blog Posts

Silent Living Victims by Kelly Pankratz

When You’re Tempted to Despair by Kit Tosello

Dumpster-Diver Daffodils by Laura Bradford


Published Devotional

Open Hearts by Heidi Gaul

Becoming One by Jane Reid

God’s Messenger by Mason K. Brown


Published Flash Fiction or Short Story

The Larchmont Garden Club by Dana Black

The Girl with the Ink by Lindsay Franklin

The Visitors by Miriam Cheney


Published Poetry

Grand Heart by Gayle Carlson

The Philosophy of Choice by Linda Kruschke

Keepsake by Yvonne Kays




Unpublished Contemporary Fiction

Broken by Jane Daly

When the River Rises by Katie Powner

Out of Many Waters by Miriam Cheney


Unpublished Historical Fiction

Children of the Revolution by Kathleen Freeman

Dakota’s Song by Kristie Kandoll

The Reluctant Pioneer by Julie McDonald


Unpublished Children’s

How to Make Your Teacher Faint by Barbara McCourtney

Goodnight, Firefly by Janet Christensen

When There Is Light by Rachel Tribble


Unpublished Memoir

Learning to Die in Saudi Arabia by Betts Baker

A Bridge Named Susan by Sharon Case Hoseley

Escaping My Backyard by Julie Streit


Unpublished Nonfiction

The Shadow of Doubt by Shari Carroll

Challenges Women Face by Julie Surface Johnson

Trying to Fly, Learning to Walk by Troy Rappold


Unpublished Speculative Fiction

Awakened by Richard Spillman

Tranquility by Christa Conklin

Threads by Vanessa Brannan


Unpublished Young Adult/Middle Grade

Great Date Experiment by Ashley Mays

The Broken Feather by Kathleen Freeman

The Family Guardian by Frank Yates


Unpublished Articles

An Angel on Earth by Tammy Ferguson

Leaf Catching by Kelly Fritz

Brave by Amy Trent


Unpublished Devotionals

What Am I Saying? by Lisa Cullett

From Death to New Life by Cynthia Kroll

Joy in the Darkness by Susan Bardzik


Unpublished Flash Fiction/Short Stories

To Fly by Rebecca Olmstead

Mary’s Reflection by Connie Edwards

In Memoriam by Christina Scotton


Unpublished Poetry

Wings of the Morning by Kathleen Ruckman

Eternal Word by Laura Davis

The Skull Hill by Jill Dyer