Monday, May 17, 2010

2010 Genesis Finalists

I got the call on Thursday. I finaled in the 2010 ACFW Genesis contest in the Historical catagory! After receiving the three judges' score sheets, with some incredibly helpful feedback, I polished my entry and resubmitted it for the second round of judging on Saturday. It was a very busy couple of days of editing, which was nothing but fun for me despite it also being work.

Probably my favorite part of the writing process is that "thing" that happens in the third, fourth or fifteenth draft, when I sink deeper into story and setting, lose all track of time and place, and really start to inhabit my characters. This is when I'm refining motivation, or tweaking dialogue, adding a bit of humor, or that narrative phrase that sounds more like the character's voice than the default narrative which is my own voice and is so easy to fall into when what I want is a blend of the two, preferrably much more of the character than me!

The contest had a great turnout this year. A total of 486 entries, which I'm told is up by 7% over last year. Below are the names of all finalists in each category for 2010 (winners to be announced at the ACFW conference in September. Yes, it's a long time to wait but at least I'll be there this year, unlike in 2008 when Kindred placed third in Historicals.).

(total entries: 47)
Cindy Hays
Lynnette P. Horner
Chris Kraft
Mark Lundgren
Christina S. Nelson

(total entries: 63)
Jeannie Campbell
Sarah Forgrave
Janice LaQuiere
Rebecca Syme
Linda Yezak

(total entries: 35)
Lori Benton
Brenda Jackson
Robert Kaku
Lisa Karon Richardson
Katie-Marie Stout

(total entries: 65)
Susanne Dietze
Anne Greene
Pam Hillman
Lisa Karon Richardson
Ruth Trippy

(total entries: 45)
Rich Bullock
Barbara Early (double finalist with two entries)
Lynda Schab
Chawna Schroeder

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE (there was a two-way tie for the fifth finalist slot):
(total entries: 50)
Valerie Goree
Mindy Obenhaus
Leslie Pfeil
Dianna Shuford
Teri Dawn Smith
Terri Weldon

(total entries: 49)
Ben Erlichman
Suzanne Krein
Shelley Ledfors
Andra Marquardt
Holly Smit

WOMEN'S FICTION (there was a three-way tie for the fifth finalist slot):
(total entries: 76)
Lisa Buffaloe
Jennifer Fromke
Terri Haynes
Fay Lamb
Christina S. Nelson
Melissa Tagg
Michelle Ule

(total entries: 56)
Angela Bell
Lin Harris
Kasey Heinly
LoraLee Kodzo
Stefanie Morris

CONGRATULATIONS to all the finalists! Looking forward to the conference in Indy. It will be my first ACFW.


  1. Congratulations on your Genesis final, Lori!! That is BIG news. I'll be at the ACFW conference for the first time, too, and look forward to cheering for you when the finalists are announced. I'll whoop and holler something fierce if you're the winner, believe me.

  2. Keli, Thank you! I so appreciate it, and I'm looking forward to meeting you in person too. God willing and it all works out (and I sure hope so because I already have my plane tickets), this is going to be fun!

  3. Congratulations, Lori! Oh, I am so sorry I didn't know you're name was on the list sooner so I could stop by and say something. That's great news :)

    Like you and Keli, it will be my first time at the conference, too. Can't wait to hear more good news :)

  4. Hi Cindy. Thank you! I was behind the curve in getting it posted here. I think we're going to have a blast in Indy. So many people I'm looking forward to meeting and Yay! You will be there too!

  5. Congratulations, Lori. I wish I could be at ACFW cheering you on! I'm so excited for you.

  6. Carla, Thank you! And I wish you were going to be there, too. You are one of my online writing friends I want most to meet!

  7. Looking forward to spending time with you and Keli at ACFW:) Now to get Carla there! Congrats, Lori. I know how very hard you've worked on Kindred and wish you every success. This is certainly an honor! More to follow, I'm sure!

  8. Laura, me too! Can't wait to Meet you. That's going to be a bit surreal huh? :-) And thank you. You have often lifted my weary hands, you know.