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2012 Christian Novel Contest Winners

ACM is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Christian novel writing contest. Both authors are being extended an offer to publish.  [View all 2012 semi-finalists]

1st Prize Winner


Derek Elkins

for his story, Life Unworthy of Life.

Derek ElkinsBorn and raised in Independence, Missouri, home of Harry Truman and the crossroads to two religious sects: Latter Day Saints, now the Community of Christ, and the school of Unity, Derek Elkins learned early on what it meant to defend your faith.  Straight out of the chute of becoming an active Christian, he was placed in a team at work that included the local president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance, a practicing Wiccan, and several others who for one reason or another had concerns with Christianity.  Spurred on by their requests for answers, Derek learned not to ignore or run away from their attacks on Christianity, but to seek answers from some of the greatest minds of the faith.

Derek currently still lives near Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Wendi, and their five children, who range in age from seventeen to two.  When he’s not writing novels, he writes screenplays, stage plays or just plays video games.

2nd Prize Winner


Chris Morrow

for his story, The Devil’s Choir.

Chris MorrowChris Morrow’s short stories and novelettes have earned him a reputation as an up and coming horror author. His debut novel, The Devil’s Choir, retains his unique style – a style that keeps readers sleeping with the lights on – but also incorporates elements of the traditional mystery/thriller and it does it all with an overriding Christian worldview. While working with an ebook publisher Chris has had several stories published as stand alone titles. His fiction has appeared in numerous print and online magazines. He is a graduate of Missouri Southern University having earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He lives with his wife and two children in a small town in southwest Missouri. He owns and operates a small business and does some part time work as a sports writer for friends who own the county newspaper where he cut his teeth writing everything from city council meetings to human interest stories while in college. On any given day he might be found coaching youth sports, playing piano in a rock ‘n’ roll band or at an area church, or lamenting the fact that he grew up a Kansas City Royals fan (and remains one) when he could have just as easily grown up a Saint Louis Cardinals fan.

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