The Genesis Results!

The finalist for the ACFW Genesis contest are notified between May 1 and May 15. I faithfully carried my cellphone, just in case this year was the year. Well, by May 13 I had begun to lose hope. Sitting at the computer, I heard by phone yelling numbers from my pocket. One of the kids has changed the settings so it reads off the incoming phone number instead of ringing like normal phones. The number it kept repeating was unfamiliar and out of state. I think my heart may have stopped beating for a moment. I managed to say hello, but when Erica said who she was, I burst into tears. Very professional, huh?

I’m a finalist in Contemporary Fiction and in Women’s Fiction! It’s been nearly a week now and I still can’t believe it happened.

So, this week is a high point in my writing life. Next week may come with rejection, but that’s just part of the game. Thanks for following me on my roller coaster ride.

If you’re an unpublished novelist, consider entering the Genesis next year.

Congratulations to everyone that entered!


    1. Cindy Hays
    2. Lynnette P. Horner
    3. Chris Kraft
    4. Mark Lundgren
    5. Christina S. Nelson

    1. Jeannie Campbell
    2. Sarah Forgrave
    3. Janice LaQuiere
    4. Rebecca Syme
    5. Linda Yezak

    1. Lori Benton
    2. Brenda Jackson
    3. Robert Kaku
    4. Lisa Karon Richardson
    5. Katie-Marie Stout

    1. Susanne Dietze
    2. Anne Greene
    3. Pam Hillman
    4. Lisa Karon Richardson
    5. Ruth Trippy

    1. Rich Bullock
    2. Barbara Early (double finalist with two entries)
    3. Lynda Schab
    4. Chawna Schroeder
  • ROMANTIC SUSPENSE (there was a two-way tie for the fifth finalist slot)

    1. Valerie Goree
    2. Mindy Obenhaus
    3. Leslie Pfeil
    4. Dianna Shuford
    5. Teri Dawn Smith
    6. Terri Weldon

    1. Ben Erlichman
    2. Suzanne Krein
    3. Shelley Ledfors
    4. Andra Marquardt
    5. Holly Smit
  • WOMEN’S FICTION (there was a three-way tie for the fifth finalist slot)

    1. Lisa Buffaloe
    2. Jennifer Fromke
    3. Terri Haynes
    4. Fay Lamb
    5. Christina S. Nelson
    6. Melissa Tagg
    7. Michelle Ule

    1. Angela Bell
    2. Lin Harris
    3. Kasey Heinly
    4. LoraLee Kodzo
    5. Stefanie Morris

Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


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