The 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards, honoring the legacy of industry pioneer Carol Johnson and recognizing excellence in Christian fiction, were presented Sept. 19 at ACFW’s annual conference in Dallas, TX. As part of the celebration, beloved author Francine Rivers received the 2015 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award.

The gala event included recognition of Agent of the Year (Mary Sue Seymour, The Seymour Agency), Editor of the Year (Sandie Bricker, Bling! Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Mentor of the Year (Joy Avery Melville), Volunteer Service Award (Lacy Williams), and Member Service Award (Michael Ehret).

The Carol Award was presented to authors in 11 categories. ACFW’s Genesis Contest winners were also announced, recognizing excellence in unpublished manuscripts.

The 2015 Carol Award winners are:


The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale House, editors Sarah Mason, Jan Stob


Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson, Howard (Simon & Schuster), editor Beth Adams


With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr


A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Amanda Bostic, Natalie Hanemann


An October Bride by Katie Ganshert, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Becky Philpott


The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Ami McConnell, L.B. Norton


Under a Turquoise Sky by Lisa Carter, Abingdon Press, editor Ramona Richards


Second Chance Summer by Irene Hannon, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich


A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes, Enclave Publishing, editors Jeff Gerke, Karen Ball


Storm Siren by Mary Weber, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Becky Monds


For Such a Time by Kate Breslin, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Raela Schoenherr, Luke Hinrichs

ACFW’s Genesis Contest winners are:

CONTEMPORARY: Lindsay Harrel, One More Song to Sing

HISTORICAL: Jeannine Brummett, Heirlooms

HISTORICAL ROMANCE: Elizabeth Lukinuk, The Knight’s Promised Bride

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE/THRILLER: Joseph R. Courtemanche, Assault on Saint Agnes

NOVELLA: Chandra Lynn Smith, Turtle Box Memories

ROMANCE: Courtney Ballinger, Flipping Hearts

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE: Sarah Hamaker, The Dark Guest

SHORT NOVEL: Preslaysa Williams, Coming Home to Love

SPECULATIVE: Carol Eaton, Null

YOUNG ADULT: Sarah Tipton, Forgetting Yesterday

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