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The Christy Award

Every year publishers are invited to submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category. Each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics, and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company. The Christy Award is designed to:

  • Nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview.
  • Bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available, helping to broaden the readership.
  • Provide opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached bestseller status.

2010 Christie Winners

Contemporary Romance

Winner- Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House Publishers)

How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus (Barbour Publishing)

Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas
Winner- Who Do I Talk To? by Neta Jackson (Thomas Nelson)

The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth (Zondervan)

Contemporary Standalone

Winner- The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)

June Bug by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)

Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle (Tyndale House Publishers)

First Novel

Winner- Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent (Tyndale House Publishers)

The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry (Moody Publishers)

Scared by Tom Davis (David C. Cook)


Winner- Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

A Flickering Light by Jane Kirkpatrick (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey (Revell Books: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Historical Romance

Winner- The Silent Governessby Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander (Thomas Nelson)


Winner- Lost Mission by Athol Dickson (Howard Books: a Division of Simon & Schuster)

Intervention by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)

The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)


Winner- By Darkness Hidby Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)

The Enclave by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Valley of the Shadow by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale House Publishers)

Young Adult

Winner- North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)

Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma (Thomas Nelson)

The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason (David C. Cook)


Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky • WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group -Winner
Finding Stefanie (Noble Legacy Series #3) by Susan May Warren • Tyndale House Publishers
Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White by Claudia Mair Burney • David C. Cook

Sisterchicks Go Brit! (Sisterchicks Series #7) by Robin Jones Gunn • WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
Summer Snow by Nicole Baart • Tyndale House Publishers
You Had Me at Good-bye (Drama Queens Series #2) by Tracey Bateman • FaithWords- Winner

Dogwood by Chris Fabry • Tyndale House Publishers - Winner
Embrace Me by Lisa Samson • Thomas Nelson
Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas • Moody Publishers

Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake • David C. Cook -Winner
Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler • Bethany House Publishers
Safe at Home by Richard Doster • David C. Cook

Shadow of Colossus (Seven Wonders Series #1) by T.L. Higley • B&H Publishing Group
Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin • Bethany House Publishers -Winner
Washington's Lady (Ladies of History Series #3) by Nancy Moser • Bethany House Publishers

Calico Canyon: Lassoed in Texas, Book 2 (Truly Yours Romance Club #24) by Mary Connealy • Barbour Publishers
From a Distance (Timber Ridge Reflections, Book 1) by Tamera Alexander • Bethany House Publishers -Winner
The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen • B&H Publishing Group

By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer • Tyndale House Publishers
The Rook (The Patrick Bowers Files, Book 2) by Steven James • Revell -Winner
Winter Haven by Athol Dickson • Bethany House Publishers

The Battle for Vast Dominion (Trophy Chase Trilogy) by George Bryan Polivka • Harvest House Publishers
Shade by John B. Olson • B&H Publishing Group
Vanish by Tom Pawlik • Tyndale House Publishers -Winner

The Fruit of My Lipstick (All About Us Series, Book 2) by Shelley Adina • FaithWords
I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (Civil War Series #2) by Cathy Gohlke • Moody Publishers -Winner
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure. Peril. Lost Jewels. And the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree. (The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson • WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Christy Award Winners 2000- 2008


2008 Winners
    Contemporary – Stand-Alone: Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin (Thomas Nelson)
    Contemporary - Series: Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon (Viking Penguin)
    Lits: Hallie’s Heart by Shelly Beach (Kregel Publications)
    Historical: A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
    Romance: Remembered by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
    Suspense: The Cure by Athol Dickson (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
    First Novel: The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello (Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group)
    Visionary: Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead (Thomas Nelson)
    Young Adult: Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)
    • 2007 Winners

      • Contemporary – Stand-Alone: Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Contemporary - Series: The Brethren by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Lits: Sisterchicks in Gondolas by Robin Jones Gunn (Multnomah)

      • Historical: Madman by Tracy Groot (Moody Press)

      • Romance: The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Suspense: Plague Maker by Tim Downs (Thomas Nelson)

      • First Novel: Where Mercy Flows by Karen Harter (Center Street)

      • Young Adult: William Henry Is a Fine Name by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Press)

      2006 Winners

      • Contemporary – Stand-Alone: Levi's Will by W. Dale Cramer (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Contemporary - Sequels: The Road Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro (Steeple Hill)

      • Historical: Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press)

      • Romance: A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Suspense: River Rising by Athol Dickson (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Visionary: Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers)

      • First Novel: This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella (Paraclete Press)

      2005 Winners

      • General: Bad Ground by W. Dale Cramer (Bethany House Publishers)

      • First Novel: The Mending String by Cliff Coon (Moody Publishers)

      • Historical: King’s Ransom by Jan Beazely/Thom Lemmons (WaterBrook Press)

      • Romance: Secrets by Kristen Heitzmann (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Suspense: Tiger in the Shadows by Debbie Wilson (Kregel)

      • Visionary: The Shadow Within by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers)

      2004 Winners

      • Contemporary: Songbird by Lisa Samson (Warner Faith)

      • First Novel: Welcome to Fred by Brad Whittington (Broadman & Holman Publishers)

      • Historical: Fire by Night by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Romance: Hideaway by Hannah Alexander (Steeple Hill Books)

      • Suspense: Thr3e by Ted Dekker (WestBow Press)

      • Fantasy: The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Futuristic: Soon by Jerry B. Jenkins (Tyndale House Publishers)

      2003 Winners

      • Allegory: Arena by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Contemporary: All the Way Home by Ann Tatlock (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Futuristic: Time Lottery by Nancy Moser (Barbour Publishing)

      • International Historical: His Watchful Eye by Jack Cavanaugh (Bethany House Publishers)

      • North American Historical: Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Romance: True Honor by Dee Henderson (Multnomah Publishers)

      • Suspense: Directed Verdict by Randy Singer (WaterBrook Press)

      • Western: Toward a New Beginning by R. William Rogers (Longwood Communications)

      • First Novel: A Place Called Wiregrass by Michael Morris (RiverOak Publishing)

      2002 Winners

      • Contemporary: A Garden to Keep by Jamie Langston Turner (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Futuristic: Oxygen by Randall Ingermanson and John Olson (Bethany House Publishers)

      • International Historical: While Mortals Sleep by Jack Cavanaugh (Bethany House Publishers)

      • North American Historical: Hidden Places by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers)

      • Romance: The Guardian by Dee Henderson (Multnomah Publishers)

      • Suspense: Drummer in the Dark by T. Davis Bunn (WaterBrook Press)

      • Western: The Long Trail Home by Stephen Bly (Broadman & Holman Publishers)

      • First Novel: Ezekiel’s Shadow by David Long (Bethany House Publishers)

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    • 2001 Winners

      • Contemporary: Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley (Multnomah Publishers) tied with The Trial by Robert Whitlow (Word Publishing)

      • Futuristic: Transgression by Randall Ingermanson (Harvest House Publishers)

      • International Historical: Unashamed by Francine Rivers (Tyndale House Publishers)

      • North American Historical: Edge of Honor by Gilbert Morris (Zondervan Publishing House) tied with Reaping the Whirlwind by Rosey Dow (Winepress Publishing)

      • Romance: A Touch of Betrayal by Catherine Palmer (Tyndale House Publishers)

      • Suspense: The Great Divide by T. Davis Bunn (WaterBrook Press)

      • First Novel: Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster (Multnomah Publishers)

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