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Christian Courier Editor ‘leads the way’ on 2017 Word Awards shortlist

Angela Reitsma Bick received the highest number of nominations on the 2017 Word Awards shortlist, which honours the best in Canadian Christian writing

Christian Courier Editor ‘leads the way’ on 2017 Word Awards shortlist

Photo from the 2016 Word Guild Awards Gala.

Angela Reitsma Bick, Christian Courier’s (CC) Editor-in-chief, received the highest number of nominations on the 2017 Word Awards shortlist, which honours the best in Canadian Christian writing.

The Word Guild Awards Gala will take place Friday, June 23, recognizing Christian writers including novelists, columnists, apologists, theologians and songwriters.

The Word Guild’s announcement stated that Reitsma Bick “leads the way with three nominations in several column and article categories.”

Angela Reitsma Bick

“In a year celebrating Canada’s 150th, when Canadians everywhere are celebrating our nation’s ongoing story, the impact that these writers are having can’t be underestimated,” said Thomas Froese, chairman of The Word Guild’s Board of Directors, in a press release.

“Through their commitment and ability to speak words of hope and truth, these writers are bringing many thousands of Canadians closer to the mystery of God in Christ, that is The Word incarnate. It’s a remarkable accomplishment to celebrate,” said Froese, who was a keynote speaker at CC's 2015 Storymakers' Symposium.

Reitsma Bick’s nominations for work published in 2016 include:

CC columnists Rudy Eikelboom and Sara Pot both received nominations in the Columns – Series category, and Derek Schuurman in the Single Column category.

Christian singer-songwriters Carolyn Arends (Surrey, B.C.) and Steve Bell (Winnipeg, MB) are double nominees in poetry and column categories. Well-known newspaper columnists Michael Coren (Toronto Star) and Raymond J. De Souza (National Post) are also short-listed.

Awards will be given in 31 categories at the 2017 Gala, to be held at the Roma’s Hospitality Centre in Mississauga. Tickets are available to the public.

“It’s a credit to each of the nominees, already, whether they win an award or not, to have their work brought forward for this sort of memorable evening,” said Froese.

More information about the gala and the full short list is available on the Word Guild’s website

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Christian Courier Editor ‘leads the way’ on 2017 Word Awards shortlist

Jennifer Neutel

Jennifer Neutel is a journalist and Christian Courier's Development Manager.

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