The American Christian Fiction Writers’ (ACFW) 2013 conference ended September 15 in Indianapolis with a gala during which the Carol Awards were presented for the best in Christian Fiction traditionally published in the previous calendar year. Katie Genshert’s moving tale (which was also nominated for a Christy Award in the romance category) of a young woman’s redemption through an unexpected inheritance was honored as the Debut Novel of the Year, while Sally John’s novel about life’s unexpected detours took the Contemporary category.
From more than 380 entries, here are the following category winners.
Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert (Waterbrook/Multnomah)
Lost Legacy by Dana Mentik (Love Inspired: Harlequin)
Heart Echoes by Sally John (Tyndale House)
Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick (Waterbrook/Multnomah)
A Promise to Love by Serena B. Miller (Revell)
The Soul Saver by Dineen Miller ( Barbour Publishing)
A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman (Thomas Nelson)
Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard ( B&H Publishing)
When a Heart Stops by Lynette Eason (Revell)
Daystar by Kathy Tyers (Marcher Lord)
Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley (Zondervan)
The Carol Awards—named for innovative editor Carol Johnson—reflect the impact of skilled storytelling, judged by readers, authors, retailers, librarians, and other industry professional