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Writers honored in prestigious peer-adjudicated fiction awards

Media Contact:
Katie Schroder Bond
Director of Marketing, Fiction
Phone: 615-902-2704

(Nashville, TN)—Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction is pleased to congratulate four authors on their Carol Awards, presented at a gala at the September 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas, TX: 

  • A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks – Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • An October Bride by Katie Ganshert – Novella
  • The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter – Romance 
  • Storm Siren by Mary Weber – Young Adult

“Our team has dedicated our careers to publishing the very best fiction from authors writing from their Christian faith, and we are profoundly aware of these writers’ talent and dedication to their craft and to their readers across all genres. It’s always an incredibly special time when we can celebrate honor alongside these authors, especially when the recognition comes from the authors’ peers who understand the commitment this writing requires. We could not have been more thrilled to watch these extraordinary authors receive their awards,” said Daisy Hutton, VP and Publisher, Fiction. 

The team also makes special mention of two additional honors: Katherine Reay’s sophomore novel, Lizzy & Jane, finaled in the Contemporary category, and Zachary Bartels was recognized as a finalist in the Debut Novel category for Playing Saint.  

The Carol Awards are the American Christian Fiction Writers’ recognition for the best Christian fiction published in the previous calendar year. Winners are announced at ACFW’s annual conference, where 475 authors and industry professionals attended the awards gala. Boasting more than 2650 members worldwide, ACFW serves to promote Christian Fiction through developing the skills of its authors, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the publishing industry.

About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit

About Zondervan:  Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit