It takes a team to produce a well written and well edited book! And because the Christian Editor Connection wants to honor the teams behind such books, we are proud to host our fourth annual Excellence in Editing Award.

This award celebrates books released in 2018 that were superbly written, well edited, and published by a CBA publisher or self-published by a Christian author.

I am pleased to announce the following books as Finalists in the 2019 Excellence in Editing Award:

Written by: Laurie Lucking
Published by: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC
Edited by: Michele Israel Harper (in-house)

Free Us from Bullying: Real Solutions beyond Being Nice
Written by: Paul T. Coughlin
Published by: Leafwood Publishers
Edited by: Mary Hardegree (freelance) and Rebecka Scott (in-house)

The Light Shines Through: A Story of Hope in the Midst of Suffering
Written by: Sara Walker with J. Heyward Rogers
Published by: Leafwood Publishers
Edited by: Gene Shelburne (freelance editor) and Rebecka Scott (in-house editor)

A People Chosen: God’s Purpose and Plan for Israel and the Nations
Written and Edited by: Karen Engle
Published by: East Gate Editing

Congratulations to these Finalists—it takes a team!

Winners will be announced on the CEC Facebook page on June 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. EDT. Winners will receive award plaques, emblem stickers for their winning books and promotions, and will be featured in a Christian PEN blog article. Winning authors will receive a 14-day Celebration Book Tour package donated by Celebrate Lit Publicity Group.

See the video of our Finalists announcement at PENCON on May 2, 2019, including an excerpt from each book.

The 2020 EIE Award is now open. Please visit for more information and to submit your entry.

Irene Chambers
EIE Coordinator
CEC Assistant