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Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists in the 2012 Genesis Contest!

The Genesis Contest is the ACFW contest for unpublished Christian writers. Genesis has a number of categories/genres to enter, the opportunity for unbiased feedback on writers’ work by published authors and experienced judges, and the chance for the category finalists to have their work read by Christian publishing house editors and literary agents. ACFW has been pleased to see previous category winners and finalists move further in their writing careers to become published authors.

The top 20% of entries from each category have now moved on to the semi-final Round. The semi-final judges will be published authors who will read and rank the entries.

Contemporary Fiction

Kimberli Buffaloe

Michael Ehret

Casey Herringshaw

Melissa Lewis

Michelle Massaro

Colleen Shine Phillips

Anne Prado

Will Schmitt

Sarah J. Smith

Chris Storm

Linda J. Truesdell

Brenda J. Young

Contemporary Romance

Cora Allen

Brenda Anderson

Jennie Atkins

Pepper Basham

Kimberly Buckner (double semi-finalist)

Tari Faris

Sarah Hamaker

Kara Isaac (double semi-finalist)

Ava W. Jenkins

Kimberly Johnson

Jessica Keller

Amy Matayo

Shannon McNear

Carol Moncado

Sherri Murray

Andrea Nell

Melissa Tagg

Cindy R. Wilson

Historical Fiction

Heidi Chiavaroli

Jessica Clochesy

Nancy Diekmann

Kathleen L. Maher

Christina Miller

Vanessa Morton

Rachel Neal

Leslie J. Payne

Sarah Thomas

Mary Kay Tuberty

Terri Wangard

Renee Yancy

Elizabeth Byler Younts


Historical Romance

Lance Albury

Whitney M. Bailey

Crystal L. Barnes

Karen Barnett

Debra Calloway

Brenda Carroll

Kay Chandler

Dawn Crandall

Barbara Curtis

Susanne Dietze

Terri Haynes

Lyndee Henderson

Kristi Ann Hunter

Melissa Jagears

Diane Kalas

Susan Anne Mason

Marilyn Rhoads

Christina Rich

Michelle Shocklee

Ginger Takamiya

Brenda B. Taylor

Brandy Vallance

Lanna Webb

Becca Whitham

Rachel Wilder

Lora Young


Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Jerusha Agen

Rich Bullock

Christen Civiletto Morris

Joseph Robert Courtemanche

Randall Gannaway

Dena Netherton

Deborah Quigley Smith

Matthew Sheehy

Chris Storm

V.B. Tenery

Larry W. Timm (double semi-finalist)

Michael J. Webb

Romantic Suspense

Sally Bayless

Paula Boire

Suzanne Bratcher

Arlene Coulter

Normandie Fischer

Kelli Hughett

Lesley McDaniel

Carrie Padgett

Ellen Parker

Pat Trainum

Katy Vorreiter

Terri Weldon

Speculative Fiction

Caleb Jennings Breakey

Dennis Brooke

Jo Hall

Stephanie Karfelt

Carla Laureano

John Leatherman (double semi-finalist)

William Ramirez (double semi-finalist)

Luke Scott

Regina Smeltzer

Amanda G. Stevens (double semi-finalist)

Heidi Treibel

Women’s Fiction

Connie Almony

Brenda Anderson

Robin Archibald

Sally Bradley

Kathy Buchanan

Diane Chase

Emily Conrad

Susan Hill

Kara Hunt

Ginger Marcinkowski

Susan Miura

Rachel Moore

Christina Nelson

Julie Scorziell

Katherine Scott-Jones

Dawn Alicia Shipman

Amy K. Sorrells

Julia Toto

Pamela Trawick

Erin Taylor Young

Young Adult

Linda Abels

Sandra Barnes

Kathleen Freeman

Sara Goff

Glenn Haggerty

Mary L. Hamilton

Barbara Hartzler

Katherine Hyde

Teresa Lockhart

Rondi Olson

Rajdeep Paulus

Martha Ramirez

Chawna Schroeder

Sarah Tipton

Cynthia Toney

Finalists will be announced at the end of May, and the winner’s will be announced during ACFW’s annual conference gala in September in Dallas

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