The Christy Award® was established in 1999 to acknowledge the value and impact of the novel of faith in contemporary culture. Since that time, the Christys have been a focal point for the writers and publishers in our community, symbolizing the best aspirations and accomplishments of writers who write from a perspective of faith and who create stories with matters of belief at their core.

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2019 Christy Award Finalists Named

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Art of Writing conference + The Christy Award Gala


Two events gathering writers and publishers, honoring the power of story and The Christy Award finalists and winners.


November 6, 2019
Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN


Two Events: $119


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Christy Award Celebration Gala

November 6, 2019 at 7 pm
Lipscomb University, Nashville
(following The Art of Writing conference)

The Christy Award® Gala will gather writers, authors and publishers to celebrate the art of Christian fiction and announce the 2019 winners of The Christy Award.

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Patti Callahan
New York Times bestselling author

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Becky Wade
Christy Award and Carol Award winning author

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James Rubart
Christy, Carol, INSPY, RT Book Reviews award-winning author

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The Art of Writing Conference

A focused conference for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators

November 6, 2019 from 1-5:30 pm
Lipscomb University, Nashville
(preceding The Christy Award Gala)

The Art of Writing Conference is designed to bring Christian creatives and publishing curators together for a half-day of intensive seminars. Featuring seminars on topics such as:

  • Reaching The Heart of Readers
  • Casting Novel Characters Using the Enneagram
  • Publishing Pros Share Their Secrets about Marketing
  • and a Jim Rubart Writing Academy session!

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Lysa TerKeurst, Keynote Speaker
NYT bestselling author; Founder, COMPEL Training; President, Proverbs 31 Ministries

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James Rubart
Christy, Carol, INSPY, RT Book Reviews award-winning author

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Anne Bogel
Author, blogger, and podcaster

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Amy Green
Senior Fiction Publicist, Bethany House Publishers

  • “The need for quality fiction books written from a faith perspective has never been greater. We appreciate the support and involvement of the publishing community, as well as the authors who write these wonderful books."

    stan jantz - ecpa executive director
  • “Writers of faith and those who support them should take heart that we live in a time of unprecedented opportunity for authentic connectedness with readers. We must continue to labor to create and support the kind of storytelling that our readers want and need; stories that explore what binds us together as human beings and that explore our relationship to our Creator.”

    daisy hutton, Vice President and Publisher, W Publishing
  • “I believe that fiction has the potential to be one of the greatest tools for beginning spiritual discussion in the marketplace. The path holds many challenges and opportunities but I believe that we are working with some of the most talented writers in the industry. I’ve said for years that what we ask authors to do in writing fiction for this market is much more challenging than what general market fiction writing requires. In that, I take great encouragement.”

    Karen Watson, Associate Publisher, Fiction at Tyndale House Publishers
  • “In the Christian life, everything, and I mean literally everything, must be relationally personal. The truth stated impersonally is a lie. Depersonalized language falsifies the Christian life. And stories are our primary verbal way to keep language local and personal, which are the only conditions in which we can follow Jesus—local and personal...So thank you, writers, readers, and publishers, for taking on this work, this holy work of writing stories that ground us in the world of God’s grace.”

    Eugene Peterson, pastor, scholar, author, poet (Remarks from 2003 Christy Award gala)
  • “There are issues that everyone on the world of Christian fiction cares about, but for the most part, aspiring writers, established authors, editors, marketers, agents, and other professionals discuss these issues in their own small groups. What I love about the Art of Writing conference is that it enables all of us to gather together in person and have conversations about big picture issues in the industry. We can learn so much from others’ unique perspectives.”

    Amy Green, Senior Fiction Publicist, Bethany House Publishers

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