Finalists in Writing Ministry's Christian Novel Contest Announced

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Athanatos Christian Ministries announced today the finalists in its 2013 Christian Novel Contest.

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The only story in which the line 'They all live happily ever after' is true is the Christian story, but not on this side of death.

Athanatos Christian Ministries is an apologetics ministry with an emphasis on 'literary apologetics,' or defending the Christian faith through writing and the arts. To that end, it has hosted a series of short story, poetry, and novel contests over the last five years.

ACM posted a list of its second round authors to its website earlier this week and has now announced its finalists:

Courtmanche- Bobby’s Back
Piali- Nehemiah
Milton- Lust
Sutcliffe- The Directors
Ward- A Voice From the Restroom

For the next few months, ACM's staff will work with the authors to refine their works and prepare them for final consideration. They will re-submit their edited novels in early winter and then ACM's Executive Director, Anthony Horvath, will have the difficult task of choosing the first and second prize winners.

The two winners have customarily been announced at ACM's online apologetics conference in April of 2013.

ACM has extended publishing contracts to several of the past winners, including Shirley Tucker for her award winning "Diamonds in the Dust" and Derek Elkins' "Life Unworthy of Life", which is also due out this April.

Horvath says, "We have been pleased to see writers taking us up on my ministry's pledge to give a fair reading of works that do not fit the normal expectations for 'Christian' writing. We have to speak the language of our society in a way that they can understand and we cannot fuel the false notion that once you become a Christian everything gets easy. The only story in which the line 'They all live happily ever after' is true is the Christian story, but not on this side of death."

ACM's short story, poetry, and children's book contests are presently accepting entries. Lear more at the website: http://christianwritingcontest.com

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