OCW Cascade Contest Honors Writing Excellence

Excitement was high at the 2014 Cascade Awards on August 6, as the Cascade Writing contest finalists and winners were recognized. After giving certificates to all finalists, emcees Susan May Warren  welcomed the winners onstage by reading the opening line of their winning entry.

The multi-genre contest was launched last year to encourage both published and emerging writers. This year we were blessed to receive 185 entries. In addition, three honorary awards recognized talented writers.

The Spirit Award was given to Petey Prater, who is part of the OCW prayer team and the writer of hundreds of prayers over the years. She sends a personalized written prayer card to each presenter before the one-day conferences as well as to summer conference presenters, staff, and faculty.

Writer of Promise Award and Trailblazer Award winners April McGowan and Judy Gann
Writer of Promise Award and Trailblazer Award winners April McGowan and Judy Gann

The Trailblazer Award was presented to author, speaker, and librarian Judy Gann, who wrote God of All Comfort and helped found Library Insider.

The Writer of Promise Award was awarded to April McGowan, a member since 2006 and the author of Jasmine, a finalist for the 2014 Carol Award (Book of the Year) for Debut Novel, and Macy.

We are grateful for the generous support of 94 preliminary judges and 37 finals judges who donated their time, talent, and experience to encourage the contestants. Many thanked us for the opportunity to participate and commented on the high quality of the writing.

Finally, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to our contest cochairs, Marilyn Rhoads and Julie Zander, whose heart for helping others is so evident. Mark your calendars for the 2015 Cascade Writing Contest, which opens February 14, 2015, with a March 31 deadline for submissions. Information will be on the OCW website.


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Photo courtesy of Michael Diehl


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