2021 SW Contest Finalists

2021 SW Contest Finalists

Congratulations to all of the 2021 Serious Writer Contest finalists. In many cases, there was a one point difference between the entries.

What’s Next?

The manuscripts will go to the final round of judging. There will be one winner for each contest. Serious Writer will reach out to the winners to coordinate for the awards ceremony. The winners will be revealed via livestream at the awards ceremony.

Announcing the 2021 Serious Writer Contest Finalists

2021 Serious Writer Contest Book of the Year Finalists

The 2021 Writer of the Year Finalists

Annette Marie Griffin for The Knightly Stalker
Tammy Kennington for Montana Rescue
Sarah Rexford for The Convergence
Debbie Spence for Courageous Kate’s Fearless Day
Cheryl Spears Waugh for Way of the Mescalero

2021 Serious Writer Book of the Year Finalists

The 2021 Book of the Year Finalists

Hallee Bridgeman for Alexandra’s Appeal: A Christian Romance (Dixon Brothers Book 3)
Lynn Cowell and Michelle Nietert for Loved and Cherished: 100 Devotions for Girls
Annette Marie Griffin for What is a Family?
Julie Lavender for 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments Into Lasting Memories
Britt Mooney for Say Yes: How God-Sized Dreams Take Flight

2021 Serious Writer Book of the Decade Finalists

The 2021 Book of the Decade Finalists

Penny Cooke for Pursuing PRAYER: Being Effective in a Busy World
Judy DuCharme for Blood Moon Redemption
Rebecca Barlow Jordan for Day-votions for Mothers: Heart to Heart Encouragement
Marian Rizzo for In Search of the Beloved
Carol Grace Stratton for Lake Surrender

Finalists for the Serious Writer Contests

Finalists for the Serious Writer Contests

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the finalists of the three contests for Serious Writer this year. As they finalists enter the last round, we will notify the winner of each of the three contests individually. They will be invited to our awards banquet (date TBA).

The top five in each category will be announced at the banquet as well.

Announcing this year’s Book of the Year finalists!

The Very Best Story Ever Told by Robin Currie
Easter is Coming by Tama Fortner
Kind Soup by Jean Petersen
Keen by Laura Croman Zimmerman
Practically Married by Karin Beery – Author​
Deadly Guardian by Deborah Sprinkle​
Pocket Change by Debbie Archer
Valerie’s Verdict by Halle Bridgeman
When Valleys Bloom Again by Pat Jeanne Davis
The Truth that Lies Between by W. D. McComb
Anxiety Elephants by Caris Snider​
Celebrate Grandparenting: 101 ideas to intentionally connect with your grands by Elaine McAllister
Pursuing Prayer by Penny Cooke
Refine and Restore by Rachel C. Swanson
When You Need to Move a Mountain by Linda Evans Shepherd​

Announcing this year’s Book of the Decade finalists!

Dena Dyer and Tina Samples for Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope When Life Hurts

Lori Stanley Roeleveld​ for Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus)

Lee Wolfe Blum​ for Table in the Darkness – A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder

Linda Evans Shepherd​ for When You Don’t Know What to Pray

Deborah Raney for Beneath a Southern Sky

Doug Smith for [Un]Intentional: How Screens Secretly Shape Your Desires and How You can Break Free

Dr. Michelle Bengtson​ for Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression

Linda Evans Shepherd for The Stress Cure

Lee Wolfe Blum for Brave is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to be the Real You

Deborah Raney for A Nest of Sparrows

Jill Roman Lord​ for If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart

Joshua J Masters for American Psalms: Prayers for the Christian Patriot

Tez Brooks for The Single Dad Detour

Sharron K. Cosby for Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90

Announcing this year’s Writer of the Year finalists!

Note: we’ve omitted the titles from being listed here. Any entrants who have had more than one entry go on to the next round of the competition will have (more than one entry) by their name. 

Jennifer Daniels Neal
Pamela Glover 
Annette Marie Griffin 
Kaci Hindman 
Renee Hodges
Nancy Hull 
Tammy L Kennington 
Julie Lavender
Seralynn Lewis
Michele McCarthy
Kenzi Nevins 
Patsy Reiter (more than one entry) 
Sarah Rexford 
Ryan Wetter

Interbrews 25 – Alyssa Roat w/ Mountain Brook Ink Publishing

Interbrews 25 – Alyssa Roat w/ Mountain Brook Ink Publishing

Time to talk with a publisher! Author and friend Alyssa Roat works with Mountain Brook Ink, a publisher of fiction that is looking to increase its fantasy and science fiction lineup with a contest open this month. Listen to this great interview with Alyssa and get more info on the contest if you’re a writer!

Listen Here:

In this episode:

What is Mountain Brook Ink?

What is Alyssa’s role at Mountain Brook?

Alyssa talks about the new imprint, Mountain Brook Fire.

Alyssa speaks on her career as an author.

Alyssa gives information on the new contest for fantasy/science fiction authors.







Brew & Ink Podcast – s2 ep3 – Flash Fiction Competition – I Never Slip on Banana Peels

“There are no small parts, only small actors.”

What makes a great minor character in a story? The Brew & Ink crew discuss the different types of minor characters, the importance of them, and their favorite.

Then Sarah Akines and Steven Faletti face off in the next round of Flash Fiction, using the title I Never Slip on Banana Peels. Sarah wrote realistic fiction and Steven wrote a caper.


In this episode:

What is a minor character?

What are the different types of minor characters? How are they different from “major” characters?

How do you make a strong minor character?

In a longer series, what are some examples of minor characters that became major characters?

How can a minor character overshadow or even ruin the story?

Sarah Akines reads her realistic fiction version of I Never Slip on Banana Peels.

Steven Faletti reads his caper version of the same title.

Listen and vote for your favorite at the website www.brewandink.com!








Brew & Ink Podcast s2 ep2 – Flash Fiction Competition Round 2 – The Heist of Song

How does a writer get inspired for a new project? Listen as the Brew & Ink crew delve into the different solutions and struggles for a writer as they begin a new project.

Then the Flash Fiction Competition continues with Bill Hawkins and Evangeline Victoria Porter going head to head on The Heist of Song! Bill drew Historical Fiction and EV drew Horror. Check out their stories and vote for your favorite here on FB or on our website!



In this episode:

How do you choose the next project to begin?

Once you choose the next project, do you do research or just dive in?

How do music, movies, books, and other media help inspire you to write?

How do you overcome the overwhelming nature of bigger projects like a novel?

Bill Hawkins reads his historical fiction version of The Heist of Song

EV Porter reads her horror version of The Heist of Song

Go to the website or our Facebook page to vote for your favorite!