2019 Australian Christian Literature Awards

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Tom pretended to consider it. “I have a and pork. He smiled at Hank’s face as he lonely father at home.” seated himself opposite. “He can come,” offered Eva. She was “Dad, go and find us some sauce, why popping a little now, the excitement in her don’t you?” coaxed Eva. Her father was quick eyes invigorating. to answer. It was an uncomfortable spasm “I suppose,” sighed Tom. “For old time’s that sent him racing into the next room. sake.” “He’s scared, you know,” said Eva thought“Indeed,” she said with a smile. fully. “The McFarlanes will be in disgrace, and She raised her plastic cup in a mock toast. probably him as well.” She shot him a wide blue stare. “You must “To friendship.” “Freedom,” echoed Tom as the plastic be happy. They’ll have to suffer what you did.” clunked. Tom shrugged. “I don’t care. That’s not “And to Tom and Eva,” she concluded. important now. I feel free. And not just from this town, but from Veuve and … what my Second Prize mother did to us.” Zoe Boyle “Harold told me,” said Eva simply. “And no La Monde one else knows.” “Thankyou,” said Tom. It felt so wonderful to have a friend, to have someone who Judging criteria understood, after years of darkness. The Australian Christian Teen Writer Award carries a prize Eva grinned. “And that reminds me. Adam of $1,000 and is offered annually for the best unpublished manuscript written by an Australian citizen under 18 years of age. owes you an apology.” The Young Australian Christian Writer Award carries a prize of “I should hope so,” remarked Tom. $2,500 and is given annually for the best unpublished manuscript “I made a deal with him,” said Eva written by an Australian citizen under 30 years of age. cunningly. “If he was wrong about your Supplementary awards may be made. family, he had to apologise to you.” The winning works will explore a Christian perspective or theme and incorporate, explain or encourage Christian life and values. Tom felt a raw ache to his ribs. Entries are judged with an eye to the following: “And Hugh?” Original nature and content of the work. “Some sheep never change their ways,” Literary style, including suitability for the target audience. said Eva. “Adam, despite his idiocy, his Contribution that the work makes in meeting a need for mediocre good looks, his sports-hero Christian writing in Australia. physique, does have the tiny beginnings of a The 2019 Australian Christian Literature Awards were announced conscience.” and prizes presented in Melbourne on Thursday 15 August 2019. Tom laughed. “But you thought he was The Australian Christian Literature Awards are administered by SparkLit (The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Australia hot.” Incorporated and the Australian Christian Literature Society) Eva blinked thoughtfully. “Y-e-s, I did. But all that fear, it does something to the face, doesn’t it?” “I guess,” shrugged Tom. The Society for Promoting Christian “You know it!” she called back. She Knowledge Australia Incorporated suddenly jumped up. “Movie marathon A member of Missions Interlink PO Box 198, Forest Hill, Victoria 3131 tonight. Popcorn, cheesy horror and ice Telephone 1300 13 7725 cream sundaes.” admin@sparklit.org “Like when we were kids?” www.sparklit.org “No,” smiled Eva. “Like we are now.”

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