The 2015 Christy Awards were held on Monday night, June 29 at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, Florida. During the ceremony, awards were handed out to honor excellence in Christian fiction in ten categories. Terry Glaspey served as the emcee of the event, and Sharon Garlough Brown offered a keynote address.
The Christy Awards were started in the spring of 1999 when a handful Christian publishers determined that there was a need to establish a Christian fiction award that would recognize the excellence of books and authors in variety of genres within the Christian fiction category.
The Christy Award is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview; to bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership; and to provide an opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status.
The 2015 Christy Award Winners are:
Book of the Year – Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer (WaterBrook Multnomah)
Contemporary Romance – A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert (WaterBrook Multnomah)
Contemporary Series – The Amish Blacksmith by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner (Harvest House Publishers)
Contemporary – The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate (Tyndale House)
First Novel – Feast for Thieves by Marcus Brotherton (RiverNorth/Moody Publishing)
Historical – The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot (Tyndale House Publishers)
Historical Romance – Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer (WaterBrook Multnomah)
Suspense – The Color of Justice by Ace Collins (Abingdon Press)
Visionary – Once Beyond a Time by Ann Tatlock (Heritage Beacon Fiction)
Young Adult – Storm Siren by Mary Weber (Thomas Nelson)
Many of the nominees and winners were in attendance at the event. Guests included authors, publishers, vendors, agents and others from the Christian book industry. The Christy Awards were held in conjunction with the International Christian Retail Show that was also held in Orlando, June 28-July 1.
Each year publishers are invited to submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category. Each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics, and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company. For more information, go to www.Christyawards.com.