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2011 Christian Novel Contest Winners

ACM hosted its first annual Christian novel writing contest this last year and is pleased to announce the winners.  Both authors are being extended an offer to publish.  For details on the second annual 2012 contest, please go here2011 semi-finalists.

1st Prize Winner


Shirley ‘Shirl’ Mowat Tucker

for her story, Diamonds in the Dust

Born in the doctor’s bed in a leper colony, Shirl Tucker spent her early years in Zambia. Despite having no access to children’s books, her love of story began with her father who entertained the family with spontaneous stories of animals while travelling long distances on dusty roads. At eight, she moved with her family to Zimbabwe where she eventually became a teacher and told stories of her own. Off on the next leg of her country-hopping life, she moved to South Africa where she met her Canadian husband, Mark. Three wonderful children followed and then another country move – to Canada this time.

In 2007, the children now grown, stayed in Canada while Shirl and Mark returned to South Africa where they founded Phakamani Foundation, an organization that lends money, with training and support, to poor people in South Africa to build small businesses.

2nd Prize Winner


Robert Abernathy

For his story, The Walk to Walden Hill.

Born and raised in rural Alabama, Robert “Coach” Abernathy’s first novel, The Walk to Walden Hill, was born out of the life experiences of a conglomerate of personal relationships with friends, relatives and students as well as his own experiences. A teacher, football coach, wrestling coach, musician, songwriter, outdoor enthusiast, and now-author, Robert, 37,  resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, DeeDee and their three children. Updates, future projects and book information can also be accessed on Robert’s new Author Blog: robertabernathy.blogspot.com

7 Responses to 2011 Christian Novel Contest Winners

  1. Congratulations Shirley on your win! Best wishes to Robert as well for second place. Very exciting.

  2. A warm congratulations to Shirley and Robert!

    God is good, all the time! Wonderful when His words flow through your pen . . . Sharing your joy!


  3. Congratulations Shirley on your win; I cannot wait to read your novel.
    Congratulations Robert on your win; I cannot wait to read your novel.
    May the gift of God continue to enrich your lives and may you both continue to be a blessing to others through your writing.
    I am very excited for you both, I pray many doors be open for you to share your God given gift.
    God Bless You and Your Family Continually!
    Yours truly, TJ Johnson, Connecticut

  4. Shirl Mowat Tucker

    Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement. One of the things I learned through this whole process is that when God puts a dream in your heart, don’t give up. He is faithful.

  5. Cheryl Ledbetter Edmondson

    Congratulations Robert!!! I will have to read this one. Keep em coming!!!

  6. How exciting and wonderful for you Shirley. I’m delighted your talent in story telling has been recognized.

    You are very deserving of this award. I look forward to reading your book.


  7. WAY TO GO MOM!! You’re an inspiration! I loved your book and I’m so excited that others will get to read it too. You are so talented!
    I LOVE YOU!!