Winners Announced for the Inspiring Voices Book Publishing Contest

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“A Search for Purple Cows” by Susan Call is the Grand Prize Winner

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Inspiring Voices, a spiritual self-publishing service from “Guideposts” announced Susan Call as the grand-prize winner of the first-ever Inspiring Voices Book Publishing Contest for her manuscript, “A Search for Purple Cows: A Remarkable Story of Courage, Faith and Hope.”

“‘A Search for Purple Cows’ is the personal narrative of a woman who overcomes an abusive marriage through faith and the encouragement of Christian radio,” said Call. “It’s very touching that Guideposts and Inspiring Voices chose my book as the grand-prize winner. It’s been an amazing journey, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to share my book with the world.”

“Susan Call’s well-written memoir, told at a compelling pace with clear, concise prose, resonates with Guideposts’ own mission because it explores strong themes of faith, forgiveness, and redemption. Its compelling title offers a reminder of hope in the midst of untenable situations,” said David Morris, VP and editorial director for Guideposts Books.

The Inspiring Voices Writing Contest was judged by members of the Guideposts editorial staff and was open to any author with an unpublished manuscript. As the contest’s grand-prize winner, Call was awarded an Uplift Publishing Package with the Press Release Essential Edition add-on from Inspiring Voices, worth approximately $2,800, and will also have her book spotlighted in an upcoming issue of “Guideposts” magazine.

Additionally, Angie Hayes was selected as the first-place winner for “The Unforgotten,” and will receive an Inspiring Voices Uplift Publishing Package. John B. Owens received second place for “Into the Fire: A Season of Navy Football, Fortitude and Faith,” and will receive an Inspiring Voices Encourage Publishing Package.

The Inspiring Voices Book Publishing Contest was open to any unpublished author, 21 or older, with a manuscript of at least 10,000 words in length. For more information about future contests or to learn about self-publishing opportunities with Inspiring Voices, please visit:


About Inspiring Voices:
Inspiring Voices, a service of Guideposts, is dedicated to helping authors share their words of hope, faith and inspiration with the world. As a strategic publishing partnership with indie book publishing leader, Author Solutions, Inc., Inspiring Voices allows authors to publish inspirational and spiritual books without respect to their specific doctrine, denomination or political point-of-view. Authors published through Inspiring Voices benefit from access to exclusive Guideposts marketing services, with select titles appearing in a special collection at For more information on publishing with Inspiring Voices, log on to or call 866-697-5313. Follow us @inspiringvoices on Twitter, or “Like” us on Facebook for the latest news.

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