Cascade Writing Contest Finalists

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Thank you to all 176 contestants who submitted 238 entries. Contestants were from 28 states and two Canadian provinces, as well as one from England and four from South Africa.

Congratulations to all the finalists listed below.


Contemporary Fiction Book

The Cellophane Bridge – Deena Adams

The Knightly Stalker ­– Annette Marie Griffin

His Columbine Girl – Jeanne Takenaka

Historical Fiction Book

Finding Ten Feathers – Robert J. Pauls

Abounding Hope – Cindy Kay Stewart

Codename Vatikan – Frank V. Yates

Speculative Fiction Book

The War Doctor – Rachel Marie Bentz

The White Raven – Julia N. White

The Ultimate Escape – Kimberly Faith Solis

Nonfiction or Memoir Book

Cynddelw* (Kendall) . . . A Story of a Life Well Lived – Robert W. Geister

I’m the Brave Girl? – Marlys Lawry

Really God? Haven’t I Been Through Enough? – Arleen McClean

Young Adult (ages 12–18+), Fiction and Nonfiction

Then Came Delilah – Ellen Dodson

Treeple – Elise J. Haroldson

Red Rock – Annika Klanderud

Middle Grade Book (ages 8–12), Fiction and Nonfiction

Liberty Loser: For the Win – Annette Marie Griffin

Helium Park – Melinda Poling

The Oregon Trail Blazers – Kathy Schuknecht

Children’s Picture or Chapter Book, Fiction and Nonfiction

King of the Cabbages – Helen Heavirland

The Kittens’ Grand Adventure – Kendy L. Pearson

Poppy Puppy Says Goodbye – Kristen Joy Wilks


“Graves of Craving” – Susan Mix

“What Stayed the Hand of Ancient Strength?” – Richard Roberts

“Tears Over Paris” – Lindsey Soliday


“Kind Words” – Laurie Boyd

“Getting Back on Track Knowing God Provides” – Merry Broughal

“Love That Treasures – Kim Robinson

Article, Column, Nonfiction Short Story

“Grief” – Ann Boyce

“The Backpack” – Grace A. Kyser

“Fabulous Fabio” – Midge Shaw

Fiction Short Story (including Flash Fiction)

“My Name Is Mara” – Laurie Boyd

“Richly Blessed” – Janet L. Christensen

“Behind the Blue Swing” – Megan Soja



Contemporary Fiction Book

The Secret Place – Camille J. Eide

Woman in Shadow – Carrie Stuart Parks

Still the One – Rachel D. Russell

Historical Fiction Book

In Pieces – Rhonda Ortiz

The Mulberry Leaf Whispers – Linda Thompson

The Dearly Beloved: Apphia’s Story – Carole Towriss

Speculative Fiction Book

The Next Fithian: An Ordinary Teen on a Strange, New World – Rick C. Barry

Kingdom Lost – Dawn Alicia Shipman

Mojave Rift – John G. Wozniak

Nonfiction or Memoir Book

Faith Unhindered: Finding the Freedom to Trust God Completely – Debbie M. Ashley

Equal Protection Under God – Tanya Hallford Hendrix

Stepping into God’s Presence – Arenda Prince

Middle Grade Book (ages 8–12), Fiction and Nonfiction

Abbie’s Woods: Defending the Nest – Susan Thogerson Maas

Melanie on the Move – J.D. Rempel

Dandelion Floofums – Kristen Joy Wilks

Children’s Picture Book, Fiction and Nonfiction

Clover’s Wildflower Field Trip – Becky Alexander

Cairo’s Christmas Journey – Janet L. Christensen

What Is a Family? – Annette Marie Griffin


“Invitation” – Julie Kepler

“Hometown Church at Christmas” – Kathleen R. Ruckman

“Breaking the Religious Spirit” – Alisa Hope Wagner


“Bethie Butterfly” – Becky Alexander

“Nine’s a Crowd” – Marty Magee

“I’ll Watch for You” – Kathleen R. Ruckman

Article, Column, Nonfiction Short Story

“I Hear Him” – Cheryl Schuermann

“I Would Hug You, But . . .” – Garyanna L. Stalick

“Jesus’ Gift of Fiction” – Alisa Hope Wagner

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