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Nominees sought for best Presbyterian writer


Presbyterian Writers Guild will honor winner at 224th General Assembly

by Emily Enders Odom, President, Presbyterian Writers Guild | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — The Presbyterian Writers Guild (PWG) is accepting nominations for its 2020 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award.

The award is given biennially in even-numbered years to recognize the cumulative work and influence — regardless of genre or subject matter — of a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) writer. The award will be presented at the PWG luncheon on Thursday, June 25, 2020, during the 224th General Assembly (2020) in Baltimore.

Previous winners include the late Eugene H. Peterson, translator of “The Message; “The Christian Century” editor/publisher John M. Buchanan; former Presbyterian News Service director Marj Carpenter; former “Presbyterians Today” editor Eva Stimson; children’s author Kathleen Bostrom; “Sabbath in the Suburbsauthor MaryAnn McKibben Dana; novelists Doris Betts and Katherine Paterson; the late poet Ann Weems; Kansas City Star columnist Bill Tammeus; African-American religious historian Gayraud Wilmore; Jim Atwood, author and nationally-recognized voice on the subject of gun violence prevention; essayists Kathleen Norris and Frederick Buechner; and journalists Gustav Niebuhr and the late Vic Jameson.

The award is named for R. David Steele, a Presbyterian pastor best known for his whimsical books of poetry and thought-provoking column, “Tuesday Morning,” in “The Presbyterian Outlook.”

Nominations for the award should include the writer’s PC(USA) affiliation, list of published work, and a 100-word essay describing why the nominee is deserving of the award. Contact information for both the nominator and the nominee must be included with each submission.

Send nominations to Rev. Emily Odom, PWG president and chair of the DSDW Award Selection Committee — which includes PWG board members, Rev. Jill Duffield and Rev. Matt Matthews —by email or by mail to 2336 Strathmoor Blvd., Louisville, KY 40205.

Nominations must be emailed or postmarked by Dec. 16.


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