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Presbyterian Writers Guild seeks Best First Book nominations

Award to be presented at General Assembly 223 in St. Louis

February 15, 2018

The Presbyterian Writers Guild is accepting nominations for its 2018 Best First Book Award, honoring the best first book by a Presbyterian author published during the calendar years of 2016–17.

The award is given biennially and will be presented June 21 during the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis.

The deadline for submissions is March 15.

The award was established in 1996 by the Guild and the estate of the late James W. Angell, a prolific and respected Presbyterian writer, as a way to recognize and encourage new writers. It is now sponsored by the Guild and the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.

Books may be of any type, including fiction, nonfiction, theological, how-to, photos with commentary or poetry.

Entries may be submitted by the authors or by others on their behalf. Three copies of the book and a brief statement attesting to the author’s current active membership in a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation or presbytery should be sent to: First Book Award Committee, c/o Jerry Van Marter, 2220 Woodbourne Ave., Louisville, KY 40205.

The book needs to be the author’s first book and has to have a publication date in 2016 or 2017. Include an email address if the sender wishes to be notified that the books were received. The three copies of the book cannot be returned.

Questions about the award or entry process may be directed to Jerry Van Marter by email at or by phone at 502-565-6757.

Previous Best First Book Award winners are listed at

From the Presbyterian Writers Guild and Jerry Van Marter, Interim Director, OGA Communications

Today’s Focus:  Presbyterian Writers Guild

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Shawn Ellison, PMA
Cynthia Embry, PMA

Let us pray:

God, you call us to your banquet table and into the public square. May we learn to share our resources, practice mercy and work for justice wherever we find ourselves today. Bless us as Christ’s disciples. Amen.

Daily Readings

Morning Psalms 27; 147:12-20
First Reading Habakuk 3:1-10 (11-15) 16-18
Second Reading Philippians 3:12-21
Gospel Reading John 17:1-8
Evening Psalms 126; 102