Jul 16

2015 Christian Novel Contest Winners

Grand Prize:

Sam Pakan

for his story, Jesse’s Seed

Update:  ACM has offered, and Sam Pakan, has accepted, a publishing contract.  Jesse’s Seed will be available around Christmas, 2015.

sam pakan 2Sam Pakan has spent almost thirty years pursuing his passion of raising range-fed beef cattle and working with Quarter Horses. Operating the ranch he grew up on, his love of the land is equaled only by his ardor for great books and powerful stories.

He received his MFA in English literature from West Texas A&M University and taught freshman composition at his alma mater for two years. For three years, he wrote and edited for Accent West, a regional magazine for the Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico High Plains.

Between 1985 and 1988, he taught college preparatory English to high school seniors. He has had short fiction and poetry published in Images from the High Plains, WTSU Review of the Arts, and Separate Doors.

He is currently writing a sequel to JESSE’S SEED under the working title A BED IN SHEOL. The two novels follow David Dremmer through the privations of WWII chronicling his battles against darkness within and horrors without, and his eventual growth into a life of meaning and purpose.

Sam divides his time between the ranch and his home in Amarillo, Texas, where he lives with his wife Tanya. Their greatest pleasure is spending time with their six grandchildren.

Runner Up

Christine Dillon

for her story, Grace in Strange Disguise


Christine Dillon is an Australian and the daughter of missionaries. She spent her first 17 years in Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines and only every 5th year in Australia. She is a trained physiotherapist but has been working back in Taiwan since 1999. She shares Jesus with working class people through Bible storytelling. www.storyingthescriptures.com

The elements of her life are evident in this her first novel but she wants people to know that her parents are not at all like the parents described in her book!

Like Esther in the novel, Christine loves the great outdoors – hiking, kayaking and photography.

She has twice been published in non-fiction 1-2-1 discipleship (Christian Focus, 2009)
Telling the Gospel Through Story (IVP-US, 2012) & Chinese translation (2015)