Monday, February 18, 2013

more on the Aikman Award for aspiring writers

I mentioned the Aikman Award earlier. Here it is again with more info.

The Aikman Award is meant to create a movement among younger,
Christian writers.

The passion behind this contest is fuelled by Dr. David Aikman. After
he was hired with Time Magazine in the 1970s, he covered several
historical events. He remembers the atrocities when he covered the war
in Indochina, watched people worship in a Cambodian Christian Church
knowing they would be killed for it and witnessed the horror of the
Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. Although he already held a
Christian worldview upon the launch of his career, by the end of it,
the wisdom and value of his faith was only reaffirmed.

He heard several Christian testimonials throughout his career--stories
that were about people connecting with God in a great variety of
circumstances. The 1970s and 1980s had several people sharing their
hearts, but then people stopped in. Dr. David Aikman feels that it's
important for Christians to continue talking about what God is doing
today. In partnership with Guildford Media Ltd., this contest is meant
to inspire people who want to write about how God has transformed a
life or community's, but haven't had the chance to do so.

While most writing contests consider rewarding a completed work of
journalism, the David Aikman Award is providing a paid opportunity
where the writer will be financially supported while writing their
nonfiction story. Four prizes will be awarded with the Grand Prize
being $20,000! There is also the possibility of publication.

The winner has an entire year to complete their book and will be
announced on October 1, 2013

To qualify, the applicants need to be between 18 and 35 years of age
and reside in Canada, the US, the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

For more information, or if you would like to arrange an interview
with David Aikman, please contact our Media Contact: Nico Bauman at
For more on the award itself, go to (If clicking the link
doesn't work, copy and paste it into your search engine.)

Elma Schemenauer,, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog Website

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