Living Water Awards

Submissions for the 2020 contest are now closed.

Blue Lake Christian Writing Retreat is pleased to offer the Living Water Awards to those who win in the following categories: Articles, Bible Studies, Children’s Picture Books, Devotionals, Fiction Books, Non-fiction Books, Poetry and Young Adult Fiction. The awards are for non-published writers in the category they’re entering.
  • Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2020.
Category Guidelines
Articles Submit a nonfiction article of no more than 1,000 words.
Bible Studies Submit an outline, plus first 1,000 words.
Children’s Picture Books Submit the entire work, without graphics.
Devotionals You may enter up to 3 devotions 300 words or less.
Nonfiction Books Submit a one paragraph description of work, plus first 1,500 words.
Novels Submit a one paragraph description, plus first 1,500 words.
Put the genre in Header.
Poetry Submit up to 3 poems, single spaced. No more than 1 page per poem.
Young Adult Fiction Submit a one paragraph description, plus first 1,500 words

Submission Requirements

Send your submissions as an email attachment to Marilyn Turk at Put BLCWR Contest Entry with the Category you’re entering in the subject line of the email.

Each UNPUBLISHED, UNCONTRACTED submission must include a cover sheet with: Your name, email address, title of your work, and category entered.

Each page after should not include your name or any tell-tale evidence of the author.

Each submission should be double-spaced, Times New Roman (black), font size 12, with 1″ margins.

Multiple submissions accepted, but not within the same category.

Send a check for $20 for each category entered, made out to Emerald Coast Christian Writers to:
Emerald Coast Christian Writers
107 Bermuda Way
Niceville, FL  32578
You must be registered for the retreat to enter.  Fees for the contest go toward the Blue Lake CWR scholarship program.

2019 Winners


1st Place   “An Unexpected Call” – Ginny Cruz
2nd Place  “Beyond One Word” – Michelle Ruschmann
3rd Place   “Overcoming Michael’s Fury” – Judy Ransom

Children’s Picture Books

1st Place     L is for Liz Lizard – Liz Coastworth
2nd Place    Adeline and Oscar Save The Kingdom – Cheri Strange
3rd Place     Macy Monkey’s Mess Up – Ron Lazenby


1st Place   “Forget Not His Benefits” – Judy Ransom
2nd Place  “Victory Over Death” – Ellen Fannon
3rd Place   “A Merry/Mary Heart” – Jennifer Dansby

Fiction Books

1st Place    God Is Not My Hitman – Lelia Alford
2nd Place   Faith Move – Jennifer Cotney
3rd Place    Eye of the Jewel – Paul Morgan

Non-Fiction Books

1st Place  Jesus and Me – Michelle Ruschmann
2nd Place  Ho, Ho Holy Humor – Alice Murray
3rd Place   His Bride – Cindy Peavy


1st Place   “Evening Beauty” – Liz Coastworth
2nd Place  “Despite It All” – Michelle Ruschmann
3rd Place   “Wild Seed” – Jennifer Cotney

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