I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

And the results are in ...

        Delores E. Topliff

It's not the Kentucky Derby, but the ACFW stable of unpublished authors has run nearly as long and hard a course as that accomplished group. On Monday, May 5th, shortly after Noon Central time, the semifinalists for the 2014 Genesis Writing Contest were announced. You may view the official list on ACFW's website at:http://www.acfw.com/genesis/2014_genesis_semi_finalists.

These semifinalists will now move on to the second round of judging. Watch for an announcement of the three finalists in each category around mid-June. All other entrants will be receiving their scored entries back within the next week or so. Congratulations to all our semifinalists and thank you to all who entered Genesis 2014 this year. 

If you didn't enter this year, roll up your sleeves, sharpen your pencils (er, dust off your computer), and work hard to enter next year . . .


Robin Archibald
Sally Bradley
Kimberli Buffaloe
Lindsay Harrel
Brandy Heineman
Tanara McCauley
Holly Michael
Carrie Padgett
Linda Sammaritan
Jennifer Sienes

Historical (Through Vietnam Era)
(Because of a three-way tie, Historical has 12 Semifinalists)

Heidi Chiavaroli (double semifinalist)
Pat Jeanne Davis
Mark Fisher
Kathleen Freeman
Jennifer Lamont Leo
Dana McNeely
Joanna Politano (double semifinalist)
Cynthia Roemer
Terri Wangard
Lora Young

Historical Romance (Through Vietnam Era)

Misty Beller
Paula Bicknell
Patricia-Riddle Gaddis
Kristi Ann Hunter
Robert Kaku & Gail Kaku
Elizabeth Lukinuk
Rachel Muller
Marilyn Rhoads
Delores Topliff
Abigail Wilson

Janice Boekoff
Andrew Huff
Mary McCay
Marion McNair
Timothy Moynihan
Dena Netherton
Deb Read
Dennis Ricci
Chris Storm
Bob Sweet


Renee Blare
Nicole Deese
Beatrice Fishback
Sarah McDaniel
Grace Olson
Crystal Ridgway & Destanie Ridgway (Co-Authors)
Craig Savige
Christine Schimpf
Chandra Lynn Smith
Peggy Trotter


Jennie Atkins
LeAnne Bristow
Ashley Clark
Susan Crawford
Tari Faris
Laura Hodges Poole
Sherri Murray
Dena Netherton
Laurie Tomlinson
Andrea Michelle Wood

Romantic Suspense

Nancy Blosser
Loretta Eidson
Emilie Hendryx
Jackie Layton
Michelle Lim
Sara Luther
Carolyn Miller
Linda Rodante (double semifinalist)
Chris Storm

Short Novel

 Meghan Carver
Peggy Miracle Consolver
Candee Fick (double semifinalist)
Nicole Jarrell
TC Larson
Kelly Anne Liberto
Sally Pitts
Crystal Ridgway & Destanie Ridgway (Co-Authors)
Preslaysa Williams


 T.J. Akers
Carol Eaton
Megan Ebba
Jennifer Gallagher
Clint Hall (double semi-finalist)
Margaret Hamlin
Lauricia Matuska
Don Palmer
Luke Scott

Young Adult

Erica Collins
Jennifer Dyer
Carol Eaton
Jessica Edgerton
Sara Ella
Glenn Haggerty
Karley Kiker
Ashley Mays
Sarah E. Morin
Kristen Joy Wilks

Pam Meyers
Genesis Coordinator


  1. Congratulations Delores Topliff semi-finalist in the Historical Romance category! So proud of all who entered. Much will be learned from the entries even for those who did not final.

  2. It's successful encouragers and mentors like you, Pat, who help the rest of us improve enough to semi-final. Thanks for your prayers, too!

  3. Woohoo!! Congratulations, Delores and Jeannie!!!! Love seeing Ponderer names there!