FINAL CALL FOR THE 2018 WORD AWARDS

TORONTO, Ontario – (CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) – Until February 1st, 2018, The Word Guild will be accepting entries for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of The Word Awards (previously the Canadian Christian Writing Awards) acknowledging the best work published in many genres; for both the Christian and General markets by Canadian writers who affirm The Apostles’ Creed. There is no higher recognition; this side of the clouds, for Canadian writers who are Christian!

This year the guild will pull out all the stops for the twelfth annual Awards Gala; black-tie event. A highlight of the Awards Gala will be the ninth annual presentation of the Grace Irwin Award. This $5,000 prize, donated by retired book publisher John W. Irwin (nephew of the award’s namesake) and his wife Eleanor, represents Canada’s largest literary prize for Christian writers. This award will honour the best book published in 2017 by a Christian Canadian author. Castle Quay is again sponsoring The Best New Canadian Manuscript Category with a prize that includes a full publishing package. All shortlisted writers will be introduced, with winners being announced and celebrated.

Writers are encouraged to submit in one of the 60 categories that provide opportunity for writers of all genres whether they are: journalists, bloggers, article writers, authors, scriptwriters, songwriters; young and old; published or unpublished. Here is an overview of the categories:

PUBLISHED WORKS CATEGORIES
• (18) English Published Articles, Short Stories & Blog Post Categories
• (14) English Published Books Categories
• (1) English Specialty Book Category (Poetry, Gift Book, Fiction & Non-Fiction book)
• (3) French Published Works Categories
• (4) Published Scripts Categories
• (1) Published Song Lyrics Category
• (4) Specialty Awards with over $5000.00 in cash prizes
UN-PUBLISHED WORKS CATEGORIES
• (3) English UnPublished Short Pieces & Poetry Categories
• (1) 1 Unpublished Screen or Stage Piece
• (1) Unpublished Book (1st Three Chapters)
• (1) Unpublished Book (Completed) with a full publishing prize package
FRESH INK STUDENT WRITING CATEGORIES
• (6) English UnPublished Short Pieces & Poetry Categories
• (2) 1 Unpublished Screen or Stage Piece
• (2) Unpublished Book (1st Three Chapters)

To submit your writing or learn more about The Word Awards: Guidelines, Prizes, Categories and details click here: https://thewordguild.com/contests/the-word-awards/

For more information or to book interviews with an Awards Co-Coordinator contact:
Eric Spath or Sherry Stahl
awards@thewordguild.com