In 2009, our beloved Co-Director Emeritus, Beverly Bush Smith, went home to be with the Lord. To everyone who knew her, Beverly exuded class, spirituality, and passion in all of her efforts--as a Christian woman, a mother, a friend, a writer, and a board member of OCCWF. We all miss her.
As a way to memorialize her spirit and her willingness to help new writers, we have inaugurated The Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Writer Award. This award will consist of an annual scholarship, or scholarships as funds allow, in Beverly's name acknowledging a new writer that Bev would have singled out to help and encourage.
The first Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Writer Award was awarded to a writer at the OC Christian Writers Conference, April 30, 2011, in Irvine, California.
About Beverly Bush Smith
Beverly was a noted journalist with the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Orange County Register. A resident of Lake Forest, CA, Beverly was celebrated for her cooking and restaurant reviews. In addition, she was a beloved Bible teacher and women's speaker, avid skier, hiker, and swimmer--plus an award-winning sailor. Her family cherished her as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to newspaper writing, Beverly was an author of books. Her titles includeUniquely You, Change for the Better, Caught in the Middle, Wings of a Dove (from her Zoe Journal series), and Evidence of Things Unseen.
No matter how successful she was in her own writing career, Bev never lost her great compassion for other writers, especially new, aspiring ones, and her desire to help them find their own voice, market, and ministry. That's why she spent years actively helping Orange County writers and leading our organization. Indeed, until her death, she continued to help OCCWF as an official adviser, encouraging and inspiring us with her passion for the Lord, for people, and for writing.
How to Apply
Prizes for 2012
First Place $200
Second Place $100
Third Place $50
To be considered for this award:
In order to win, entrant must be enrolled in the OC Christian Writers Conference and in attendance at the awards banquet on May 19, 2012 at the Newport Beach Raddison Hotel.
The winner must not be published in the genre they are submitting for judging.
The winner must submit not more than five pages total of an article, story, first chapter of a book, or poems.
Entries must be typed, double-spaced on one side of white paper in normal-sized font.
A cover letter must be included with the following information:
A brief paragraph telling us why you want to be a Christian writer and whom you wish to reach with your writing.
On April 30, 2011, three emerging Christian writers were awarded cash prizes and recognized for their craftsmanship and creativity in the field of Christian writing:
1st place: Slender Reeds -- a biblical novel by Susan Gregory
2nd place: How to Kill the Other Woman -- a contemporary Christian novel by Anita Agers-Brooks
3rd place: A Nativity -- a historical Christian novel by Larry Forcey
Meet the 1st Annual Winner of the BBS Award
Samantha's first book is Love Letters to Miscarried Moms,
available through Amazon.com and Borders.com, is a testimony to God's
faithfulness and the significance He bestows on our life, despite the
circumstances that seem to say otherwise. Read the rest of the story.
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