(Left to right) Jerry B. Jenkins, Peter, and Worthy Publishing Editorial VP Jeana Ledbetter
Prime of Life was named winner of the Operation First Novel contest at this month's Writing for the Soul conference. Author Peter Bekendam received $20,000, and his book will be published by Worthy Publishing.
His novel tracks a surgeon who abandoned his career and has become a janitor at a retirement facility. But his past catches up with him, forcing him to face deep issues about life, love, and God.
"I thank the Guild and Worthy Publishing for everything they do to invest in new voices," Bekendam says. "This contest provides an invaluable avenue for writers to break into a very difficult market."
The contest is open to Guild members who have not been published by a traditional, royalty-paying publisher.
Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild 5525 N. Union Blvd. Ste. 101 Colorado Springs, CO 80918 866.495.5177
Sally Stuart has been writing for the last 40+ years, and put out the annual Christian Writers Market Guide for 26 years. She has retired from that task starting with the 2012 edition. Her other writing includes several Christian education resources books, a children's picture book, a basic writing text, writing resources, and a western novel--plus hundreds of articles and marketing columns. She writes a Q & A column for the "Christian Communicator,and the Oregon Christian Writers' Newsletter. She speaks and teaches at Christian Writers' Conferences nationwide. Sally is the mother of 3 and grandmother of 8. She and her husband, Norm, spend their free time vacationing on the Oregon coast.