Winner: Young Australian Christian Writer Award 2012

I want to share with you a recent and rather exciting achievement.
On Thursday evening in Melbourne, my unpublished manuscript with the same title as this blog (a compilation of columns) won me the 2012 Young Australian Christian Writer award.

It was a beautifully choreographed evening and prior to announcing each winner, an excerpt of the successful piece of writing was performed or spoken. Rather strange to hear your own words being enunciated from the stage by a stranger!

This is what the judges said about Faith Like A Mushroom:

This collection of thoughts serves as a companion on the path to Christian maturity. The writing is inquiring and philosophical, but above all practical. The writer’s voice is strong and her impressive breadth of historical and cultural engagement is put to good use. This is a book for young adults who want to make their faith more than just a set of inert beliefs locked safely away in their hearts. It calls us to understand the Christian faith as a worldview seeking action and transformation.

The award is coordinated each year by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Australia (rather a mouthful) and there is also a teen category, won this year by Daniel Li for A Short Walk, and a published Australian book category, won this year by Murray Seiffert for his book Gumbuli of Ngukurr: Aboriginal Elder in Arnhem Land (Acorn Press).

It’s been an exciting and blessed time. I have seen God’s hand on every step of this journey and know this would never have been possible without him. That’s probably a story for another day, another post. I’m super keen though to get this book published now… so watch this space!

(anyone interested can read a short excerpt from the manuscript here)


  1. Paul Arnott says

    Congratulations again Claire. Looking forward to reading the manuscript.

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