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CALEB Finalists’ Shortlist 2019


The books have been read. The score sheets have been completed. The scores have been totalled, and Omega Writers are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 CALEB Award.

First, a big thank you to our first-round judges. No writing contest can operate without judges, and we appreciate the time and effort you’ve contributed.

Published Awards

PIcture Book

The finalists in the Picture Book category are:

  • The Invisible Tree: Goodness, written by Kirrily Lowe and illustrated by Henry Smith
  • Lily’s Balloon, written by Katrina Roe and illustrated by Helene Magisson
  • Wilbur the Wooly, written and illustrated by Nikki Rogers

Sponsored by: Simon Malcolm Productions

The Picture Book winners will receive their choice of a $400 voucher from Simon Malcolm Productions, or two $200 manuscript appraisals from a children’s book specialist.

Young Adult Fiction

The finalists in the Young Adult Fiction category are:

  • Finding Kerra by Rosanne Hawke
  • Out of the Cages by Penny Jaye
  • Being Jazmine by Cecily Anne Paterson
Sponsored by: Christian Editing Services

The Young Adult Fiction winner will receive a $400 voucher from Iola Goulton at Christian Editing Services.

Adult Fiction

The finalists in the Adult Fiction (General) category are:

  • Under a Blue Moon by Phillip Cook
  • Grace in the Shadows by Christine Dillon
  • Iscariot by Mark Worthing

Sponsored by: Fire Wheel Press

The Adult Fiction winner will receive a $400 voucher from Cecily Paterson at The Red Lounge for Writers

Biography or Memoir

The finalists in the Biography or Memoir category are:

  • The Sides of Heaven by Hazel Barker
  • Hudson Taylor and China: A Dramatic Biography by David Bennett
  • Hidden Thorns by Marie-Rose Fox
Sponsored by: Apricot Editing

The Adult Fiction winner will receive a $400 voucher from Shona Weston at Apricot Editing.

Unpublished Adult Fiction

The finalists in the Unpublished Adult Fiction category are:

  • Catherine Murray
  • Claire Steel
  • Carmen Thornton
Sponsored by: Book Whispers

The Unpublished winner will receive a $400 voucher from Rowena Beresford at Book Whispers.

Congratulations, everyone!

These entries are now on their way to the final-round judges—I don’t envy their jobs! The winners of the CALEB Awards will be announced as part of the 2019 Omega Writer’s Conference.

~ Iola Goulton, CALEB Coordinator