The 2015 Frasier Award Finalists!


2015 Frasier Award Finalists!


Megan Menard



2014_Davis_LindaBrooks-writerLinda Davis

For: When Dust Bows Down


Tamera KraftTamera Kraft

For: Lost in the Storm


Jan ClineJan Cline

For: Emancipated Heart


Jessica EveringhamJessica Everingham

For: Hating Jeremy Walters



And to our Bronze Medalists!

Kelly Pankratz, Deb Garland, Kelly Liberto, Phil Langlais, MaryAnna Rose, Mary Felkins, Nick Kording, Andrea Kay, Pamela Trawick, Bryce Hegenderfer, Wendy L Macdonald, Elisa Preston


Our warmest congratulations go to these amazing authors who stood out in the stiff Frasier Award competition!  Join us as we announce the winner, Thursday, September 17, at the ACFW Conference, in Dallas, Texas!

The 2015 Frasier Contest is OPEN!

Are you wanting to up your writing game in 2015?  Entering a writing contest is a GREAT way to get feedback, get noticed by editors and agents, and build your writing skills!

And our MBT Frasier Contest is designed to help you Get Published, and Stay Published!

Check out these words from 2013 Finalist, and 2014 WINNER Jeanne Takenaka!

Find all the Frasier Contest Deets HERE!

You CAN write something brilliant!

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How entering a writing contest can change your life

Could entering a writing contest change your life?

It changed mine, more than I could ever imagine.

It all stared in Far East Russia in the middle of January.  Otherwise known as SIBERIA.  That’s right, and in the middle of winter, it has all the charm of a mausoleum. Our missionary family lived in a three-room flat on the ninth floor of a cookie-cutter apartment building that, to the untrained eye, resembled a recently shelled building in Chechnya. We had no running water during the day, no telephone line and the icy wind froze the windows shut, sheeting them with curlicues of frost.

Four children terrorized our 900 square foot flat, drag racing their tricycles down the hall, scattering their land-mine Legos and scribbling their names upon the walls like gulag prisoners. My husband too eagerly escaped to plant a church an hour from our city while I stayed to patrol the borders.

Honestly, I felt like one of the captives.

At night, the wind howled against the panes and, locked in the now quiet house with the slumbering rabble-rousers…I wrote. I penned story after story of romance, adventure and suspense. My first was an epic tale of survival against a backdrop of war in 1940s Russia. The second, a story of a missionary fleeing a serial killer. Again, set in Russia.

I may have been channeling some inner angst.

The third story I set in idyllic northern Minnesota, in a town I vacationed in as a child. I dreamed up a tale of second chances about a bookstore owner meeting the author of her dreams.

So, more channeling, perhaps but this is where the light speared through the darkness. One night, while surfing my spotty internet, I found a contest for unpublished authors, the grand prize being a one-line mention in a magazine.

What if?

I entered…and won. Suddenly, everything changed.

No, the children didn’t stop their pursuit of destruction; the water didn’t gush forth from the rock (faucet), the wind didn’t cease its incessant howling….But, I began to believe that maybe I wasn’t just writing to whittle away the dark nights.

  1. Winning a Contest gave me VISION. I realized that if I worked hard, I could possibly, someday, get published…
  2. Entering a Contest gave me SKILLS.With my contest entry came feedback. I analyzed it over and over and began to apply the suggestions. It made me a better writer.
  3. Entering the Contest required me to take my writing SERIOUSLY.No longer a hobby, I suddenly wanted to play this game, to win. I carved out time, invested in writing books and set my mind toward the goal.

I rewrote that story and, a year later, sold it to Tyndale. You know it (hopefully!) as Happily Ever After, my first novel. Amazingly, I’ve sold 45 more novels since then. (That still takes my breath away.)

Those dark nights, wrapped in a blanket, tapping on my keyboard in the darkness fueled a desire in me to help other writers who feel trapped – maybe by discouragement or perhaps confusion as to how to improve their craft. That’s why I started My Book Therapy – first as a blog, then as a community, then as a writing coaching service. We launched or Frasier Contest for unpublished writers 6 years ago.

This year’s Frasier Contest opens on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  (Check out LAST YEAR’s finalists and Winner here.)  Find out more about the Frasier Contest HERE. 

My vision for the Frasier zeroed in on craft more than genre. Writers must have solid writing skills for their stories to stand out in a cluttered world, so we threw out the categories, creating a contest geared at the skills of delivering a great story.

More than that, however, we focused on the need to capture a reader in the first few sentences, even the first scene. To, in short, hook them with amazing prose.

And, because writers need that shot of vision, our contest does not require a finished manuscript to enterSometimes you just need to know if you have it, if your story works and the direction to know where to go from here.

Vision, Skills, a Serious Focus – these are the benefits of entering a writing contest like the Frasier, and so many others out there, from the ACFW First Impressions and the Genesis, to RWA/FHL’s Touched by Love and so many more.

Are you an aspiring novelist? Add “entering contests” into your game plan for 2015.

Who knows, it just might set you free.

You CAN write something Brilliant!

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Susie May

Featured Fiction Friday Presents: Beth Goddard

This year’s Frasier Contest has come to a close. The finalists and semi-finalists have been announced, and we are all eagerly awaiting the Pizza Party to find out who the winner is. In the mean time, lets meet one of the Judges that made it all possible: Beth Goddard, with her new book Riptide.

Q: Beth, give us a tag line and a little blurb about your story.

A: Two surprises await high-stakes repo man Jake Jacobson on his latest job. First, old flame Kelsey Chambers. Second, gunfire! Seizing the luxury yacht should have been easy, but he hadn’t planned on Kelsey’s appearance. Or that smugglers would hijack the vessel to find an antique map hidden on board. The map is Jake and Kelsey’s only leverage…but it carries a price. Without it, they’re as good as dead. With it, they’re the target of a relentless hunt. Their failed relationship has Kelsey afraid to rely on Jake again. Can she count on him with their lives on the line?

Q: Beth, what do you want readers to learn/take away from this story.

A: Jake is a man who has lost his way in his relationship with God and it affects every part of his life, the story itself a metaphor, reflecting his loss of direction. In addition, Jake and Kelsey are hardly prepared to face the challenges they meet in the wilderness. Two key scriptures are woven throughout the story. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2 Life can be a riptide sometimes, sweeping us away. When it seems like there’s nothing we can do, we can lean on Him because if we trust in Him, He will lead us by still waters where surely goodness and loving kindness will follow us all the days of our lives.(from Psalm 23). I hope Riptide will be a powerful emotional experience for readers and when they finish the story, they have a sense of redemption and that all is right with the world in His hands.



Elizabeth Goddard is an award-winning author with well over a dozen romance and romantic suspense novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—winner of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011. After acquiring her computer science degree, she worked at a software firm before eventually retiring to raise her four children and become a professional writer. A member of several writing organizations, she judges numerous contests and mentors new writers. In addition to writing, she home schools her children and serves with her husband as he pastors a church in Louisiana.