Submissions are officially open for the ACFW 2010 Genesis contest, a much-anticipated annual writing competition for unpublished writers of Christian fiction. Many previous Genesis winners and finalists have gone on to become published authors.
Entrants must submit the first fifteen pages of their novel, along with an optional one-page single-spaced synopsis. Submissions will be judged by experienced and/or published authors. The top five entries will then go on to the final round of judging, made up of a panel of professional agents and editors who will determine the winners.
Deadline to enter is March 31st, 2010, but it is strongly suggested to enter by March 15th. Winners will be announced at the ACFW writers conference, to be held on September 17-20 in Indianapolis.
Here is a list of the final round judges:
Contemporary Fiction: Beth Adams (editor, Guideposts), Stephanie Broene (editor, Tyndale), Barbara Scott (editor, Abingdon Press)
• Contemporary Romance: Melissa Endlich (editor, Steeple Hill), Ami McConnell (editor, Thomas Nelson), JoAnne Simmons (editor, Barbour)
• Historical Fiction: Janet Grant (agent, Books and Such Literary), Sarah Long (editor, Bethany House), Tamela Hancock Murray (agent, Hartline Literary)
• Historical Romance: Natalie Hanemann (editor, Thomas Nelson), Charlene Patterson (editor, Bethany House), Emily Rodmell (editor, Steeple Hill)
• Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Sandra Bishop (agent, MacGregor Literary), Susan Brower (editor, Zondervan), Jan Stob (editor, Tyndale)
• Romantic Suspense: Susan Downs (editor, Summerside Press), Tina James (editor, Steeple Hill), David Long (editor, Bethany House)
• Speculative Fiction: Jeff Gerke (publisher, Marcher Lord Press), Julie Gwinn (Fiction Marketing Manager, B&H), Annie Tipton (editor, Barbour)
• Women’s Fiction: Rachelle Gardner (agent, Wordserve Literary), Natasha Kern (agent, Natasha Kern Literary), Raela Schoenherr (editor, Bethany House)
• Young Adult: Jacque Alberta (editor, Zonderkidz), Terry Burns (agent, Hartline Literary), Rachel Zurakowski (agent, Books and Such Literary)
Only ACFW members are eligible to enter the Genesis contest. Become a member by visiting the ACFW sign-up page.
For complete contest rules and guidelines, visit the official GENESIS CONTEST PAGE.
2009 Genesis Winners
2009 Genesis Finalists