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2020 ACFW Carol Award finalists announced

Palm Bay, FL: American Christian Fiction Writers recently announced the finalists for the 2020 Carol Awards, honoring Christian fiction published in the previous calendar year. Congratulations to these authors and their publishing houses and editors.

Contemporary

  • The Death of Mungo Blackwell by Lauren H. Brandenburg; Lion Fiction (Monarch Publishing); Editor – Jessica Gladwell
  • On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher; Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editors – Barb Barnes and Andrea Doering
  • The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay; HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan); Editors – Jocelyn Bailey and Jodi Hughes

Historical

  • Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson; Tyndale House; Editors – Stephanie Broene and Kathryn Olson
  • The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke; Tyndale House; Editors – Stephanie Broene and Sarah Rische
  • The Seamstress by Allison Pittman; Tyndale House; Editors – Jan Stob and Karen Watson

Historical Romance

  • A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund; Bethany House (Baker) Publishing; Editor: Dave Long
  • A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter; Bethany House (Baker) Publishing; Editors: Raela Schoenherr and Jennifer Veilleux
  • The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin; Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editors: Vicki Crumpton and Kristin Kornoelje

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

  • The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal; Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editor – Andrea Doering
  • Laynie Portland, Retired Spy by Vikki Kestell; ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published); Editors – Cheryl Adkins and Greg McCann
  • Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson; HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan); Editor – Becky Monds

Novella

  • Always by Jody Hedlund; ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published); Editor: Leslie Peterson
  • The Groom She’d Thought She Left Behind (from The Runaway Brides Collection) by Darlene Panzera; Barbour Publishing; Editors: Rebecca Germany and Ellen Tarver
  • The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings; HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan); Editors: Jean Bloom and Becky Monds

Romance

  • Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon; Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editors: Kristin Kornoelje and Jennifer Leep
  • A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson; Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editor: Vicki Crumpton
  • Love You, Truly by Susan L. Tuttle; Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas; Editors: Jessica Nelson and Linda Yezak

Romantic Suspense

  • The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey; Bethany House (Baker) Publishing; Editor: Dave Long
  • Living Lies by Natalie Walters; Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group; Editors: Amy Ballor and Andrea Doering
  • Knox by Susan May Warren; SDG Publishing; Editor: Barbara Curtis

Short Novel

  • A Rancher to Trust by Laurel Blount; Love Inspired (Harlequin); Editor: Connolly Bottum
  • The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn; Love Inspired (Harlequin); Editors: Shana Asaro and Dina Davis
  • Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey by Barbara M. Britton; Harbourlight Books (Pelican); Editor: Fay Lamb

Speculative

  • Flight of the Raven (Book 2, The Ravenwood Saga) by Morgan L. Busse; Bethany House (Baker) Publishing; Editors: Dave Long and Jennifer Veilleux
  • The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin; Enclave Publishing; Editor: Steve Laube
  • Brand of Light by Ronie Kendig; Enclave Publishing; Editor: Reagen Reed

Young Adult

  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes; HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan); Editor: Becky Monds
  • Coral by Sara Ella; HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan); Editors: Jodi Hughes and Becky Monds
  • Something I Am Not by Cher Gatto; Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas; Editors: Tessa Emily Hall and Linda Yezak

Debut Author

  • A Cross to Kill by Andrew Huff; Kregel Publications; Editors: Dori Harrell and Janyre Tromp
  • Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel; Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas; Editors: Pegg Thomas and Denise Weimer
  • Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens; Shiloh Run Press – An Imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc.; Editor: Annie Tipton

Also recently announced were ACFW 2020 Editor, Agent, and Mentor of the Year finalists (alphabetically):

  • Editor of the Year finalists—Jocelyn Bailey, Kelsey Bowen, and Robin Patchen
  • Agent of the Year finalists—Linda Glaz, Tamela Hancock Murray, and Cynthia Ruchti
  • Mentor of the Year finalists—Chautona Havig, Lisa Jordan, and KyLee Woodley

The winners of these and other honors will be announced in conjunction with the ACFW Virtual Conference in September.

For more information on the conference: //www.acfw.com/conference/general_info

For more information on the Carol Awards: //www.acfw.com/contests