Among my many disappointments during this Coronavirus pandemic, the Blue Lake Christian Writers’ Retreat for 2020 was cancelled. For the past several years, it has been instrumental in moving me along in my writing journey.
Our director Marilyn Turk and our leadership team for the retreat inaugurated the Living Water Awards contest in 2019. I didn’t submit anything that first year, but in anticipation of this year’s March conference, I submitted my entries back in February.
According to Alice Murray, contest coordinator:
“While BLCWR 2020 was a casualty of COVID-19, its writing contest survived. A record number of entries were received for an expanded number of categories…Faculty members scheduled to present at BLCWR 2020 gave of their time and expertise to identify the top entries in their assigned categories. Virtual drum roll for the 2020 Living Water Award winners they selected:”
If you’ll pardon this shameless self-promotion, I won First Place in the Bible Study category. Yea! I’m so happy and honored to be selected. My thanks to the judges who spent time reading entries and selecting all the winners.
The title of my Bible Study entry is “Reluctant Disciples, Becoming Faithful Followers.” After submitting the outline, plus the first 1,000 words, I guess I should finish writing this six-week study and pitch it for publication.
I also received Honorable Mention in the Children’s Picture Book category. It’s called “In the Middle,” as told by a child whose parents are now divorced. It is meant to be a book that either counselors or parents read with a child of divorce to discuss their feelings and struggles. The whole text was submitted, so now it needs an illustrator and publisher.
I suppose I can now truthfully say, “I’m an award-winning writer.” It’s those next steps that I seem to trip over.
To see the names of other Living Water Award contest winners, please check out the web page: http://bluelakecwr.com/contest/
Thanks for indulging me this little bit of bragging. This has been a very difficult spring and summer for many reasons. Winning a section of this contest is one nice, bright, spot of happiness for me.
I just had to share it with the world.