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Christy Awards

"The Christy Awards were started in 1999 when nearly a dozen Christian publishers established a Christian fiction award to recognize novelists and novels of excellence in several genres of Christian fiction. The Christy Award is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview, as well as showcase the diversity of genres." Click here to visit the official website.

Christy Awards

Book of the Year

Best Contemporary Romance

Finalists

  • The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
  • Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

Best First Novel

Finalists

  • Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli
  • The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright
  • Turtles in the Road by Kaley Rhea & Rhonda Rhea

Best General Fiction

Finalists

  • A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow
  • The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix

Best Historical Fiction

Finalists

  • Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
  • Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Best Historical Romance

Finalists

  • A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden
  • To Wager Her Heart by Tamara Alexander

Best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Finalists

  • Cold Water by Samuel Parker
  • Rule of Law by Randy Singer

Best Short Form

Finalists

  • Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert
  • Her Secret Daughter by Ruth Logan Herne

Best Visionary Fiction

Finalists

  • Awakened by Morgan Busse
  • The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

Best Young Adult

Finalists

Book of the Year

Best General Fiction

Finalists

  • Long Way Gone by Charles Martin
  • The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore

Best Contemporary Romance

Finalists

  • The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
  • Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Best First Novel

Finalists

Best Historical Novel

Finalists

Best Historical Romance

Finalists

  • From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

Best Suspense

Best Visionary

Finalists

  • The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim
  • King's Folly by Jill Williamson

Best Young Adult

Finalists

  • If You're Gone by Brittany Goodwin
  • Unblemished by Sara Ella

Book of the Year

Best Contemporary Novel

Finalists

  • The Art of Losing Yourself - Katie Ganshert
  • As Waters Gone By - Cynthia Ruchti

Best Contemporary Romance/Suspense

Finalists

  • Falling Like Snowflakes - Denise Hunter
  • Sabotaged - Dani Pettrey

Best Contemporary Series

Finalists

Best First Novel

Finalists

Best Historical Novel

Finalists

  • The Girl From the Train - Irma Joubert
  • The Wood's Edge - Lori Benton

Best Historical Romance

Finalists

  • Beyond All Dreams - Elizabeth Camden
  • The Lost Heiress - Roseanna M. White
  • To Win Her Favor - Tamera Alexander

Best Suspense

Finalists

  • The Bones Will Speak - Carrie Stuart Parks
  • Vendetta - Lisa Harris

Best Visionary

Finalists

  • A Time to Speak - Nadine Brandes
  • Waking Beauty - Sarah E. Morin

Best Young Adult

Finalists

  • Rebel - R.J. Anderson
  • To Get to You - Joanne Bischof

Book of the Year

Best Contemporary Novel

Finalists

Best Contemporary Romance

Finalists

  • Firewall - DiAnn Mills
  • Undetected - Dee Henderson

Best Contemporary Series

Finalists

  • Home to Chicory Lane - Deborah Raney
  • When I Fall in Love - Susan May Warren

Best First Novel

Finalists

  • For Such a Time - Kate Breslin
  • House of Living Stones - Kate Schuermann

Best Historical Novel

Finalists

Best Historical Romance

Finalists

  • A Beauty So Rare - Tamera Alexander
  • With Every Breath - Elizabeth Camden

Best Suspense

Finalists

  • A Cry From the Dust - Carrie Stuart Parks
  • Sky Zone - Creston Mapes

Best Visionary

Finalists

  • Shadow Hand - Anne Elisabeth Stengl
  • A Time to Die - Nadine Brandes

Best Young Adult

Finalists

  • Failstate: Nemesis - John W. Otte
  • This Quiet Sky - Joanne Bischof

Book of the Year

Best Contemporary Novel

Finalists

  • Every Waking Moment - Chris Fabry
  • The Prayer Box - Lisa Wingate

Best Contemporary Romance/Suspense

Finalists

  • Once Upon a Prince - Rachel Hauck
  • Rosemary Cottage - Colleen Coble
  • Vanished - Irene Hannon

Best Contemporary Series

Finalists

  • Firefly Island - Lisa Wingate
  • Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrell - Melody Carson

Best First Novel

Finalists

  • A Cast of Stones - Patrick W. Carr
  • Dear Mr. Knightly - Katherine Reay

Best Historical Novel

Finalists

  • All For a Story - Allison Pittman
  • Sweet Mercy - Ann Tatlock

Best Historical Romance

Finalists

  • Stealing the Preacher - Karen Witemeyer
  • Under a Blackberry Moon - Serena B. Miller

Best Suspense

Finalists

  • Dark Justice - Brandilyn Collins
  • Singularity - Steven James

Best Visionary

Finalists

  • A Cast of Stones - Patrick W. Carr
  • Numb - John W. Otte

Book of the Year

Best Contemporary Novel

Finalists

  • The Air We Breathe - Christa Parrish
  • Borders of the Heart - Chris Fabry

Best Contemporary Romance

Finalists

Best Contemporary Series

Finalists

  • Two Destinies - Elizabeth Musser
  • Waiting For Sunrise - Eva Marie Everson

Best First Novel

Finalists

  • Tangled Ashes - Michele Phoenix
  • Wedded to War - Jocelyn Green

Best Historical Novel

Finalists

  • Wedded to War - Jocelyn Green
  • A Wreath of Snow - Liz Curtis Higgs

Best Historical Romance

Finalists

  • Be Still My Soul - Joanne Bischof
  • Love's Reckoning - Laura Frantz

Best Suspense

Finalists

  • Downfall - Terri Blackstock
  • The Last Plea Bargain - Randy Singer
  • Submerged - Dani Pettrey

Best Visionary

Finalists

  • Daughter of Light - Morgan L. Busse
  • Starflower - Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Best Young Adult

Finalists

  • Failstate - John W. Otte
  • Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words - Rachel Coker