Coon Rapids writer is finalist in national contest

Coon Rapids writer Brenda Anderson has been named a finalist in the Genesis contest, American Christian Fiction Writers’ (ACFW) contest for unpublished writers.

Brenda Anderson. Source: Brenda Anderson website

Brenda Anderson. Source: Brenda Anderson website

Since its inception in 2002, the Genesis contest (originally named the Noble Theme) has been the leading fiction contest for unpublished Christian writers, according to Pam Meyers, ACFW Genesis contest coordinator.

“The Genesis is the premier contest in the Christian Booksellers Association for the unpublished. It’s the place to get noticed by a publisher,” said Colleen Coble, chief executive officer of ACFW.

With over 690 entries in this year’s contest, making the semi-finalists list is a noteworthy accomplishment, Meyers said.

She is a finalist in the Contemporary Romance category.

Anderson, who grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, graduated from Concordia College in St. Paul with a bachelor of arts degree in literature/communications, according to her website.

“Over the past seven years I’ve completed six full-length novels,” Anderson writes on her website.

She is a member of the ACFW, the ACFW-Minnesota Chapter (MN-NICE) and the Minnesota Christian Writer’s Guild.

Anderson and her husband have three children.

Genesis contest winners will be announced Sept. 22 during the awards gala at the ACFW Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.

According to ACFW, over the life of the contest, more than 70 Genesis finalists have gone on to be published.

Each category in the Genesis contest will have one first-place winner, who will receive a winner’s plaque, a gold Genesis lapel pin and first choice for editor/agent appointments at the 2013 ACFW National Conference, plus one hour of telephone mentoring time with a published author.

The finalists in each category will receive a certificate and silver Genesis lapel pin.

ACFW has over 2,500 members worldwide, comprising authors, editors, agents, publicists and aspiring writers and was organized in 2000 under the name of American Christian Romance Writers (ACRW).

In 2004, the group changed the name to American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) in response to the diverse needs of its membership, who write across many genres.

The group’s mission is to encourage writers of Christian fiction, develop their skills, educate them in the market and serve as an advocate in the traditional publishing industry.

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