Winners from last September in Melbourne at the annual Young Writers Awards Conference as determined by seven international Panellists were Daniel Jang (Wellington), Sam Burrows (Auckland – Theological Development Award) and equal second place, Casey Murray (Auckland) and Sophia Sinclair (Christchurch).
The art 'table top' works by Tronson du Coudray fitted into luggage from Australia for the occasion and were specifically painted for the occasion.
1. Daniel Jang's presented art work titled Trinity is a reflection of Daniel's article on that subject last year which scored one of the highest readerships in Christian Today for 2013. That article was titled The greatest mystery of Christianity. (au.christiantoday.com/article/the-greatest-mystery-of-christianity/15489.htm)
2. Sam Burrows' presented art work titled Challenge of faith is a reflection of Sam's article titled "Whakama – it's a bit of a shame" where he works through a range of considerations within a theological framework.
3. Casey Murray's presented art work titled The Plan is a reflection of Casey's article 'So What's the Plan?' exploring God's Will and the manner in which we live our lives without a audible clear voice from God. This was one of the most read 2013 articles in Christian Today and republished in many publications including Encounter magazine. (www.pressserviceinternational.org/casey-murray.html)
4. Sophia Sinclair's presented art work titled Boy Child is both a reflection on her article titled What does Google say about you, and that Sophia and husband Andrew celebrated the birth of their first only eight weeks ago, Guy Douglas. (au.christiantoday.com/article/what-does-google-say-about-you/15746.htm)
These four New Zealand 2013 young writer winners have fascinating backgrounds:
Daniel Jang is an IT consultant and football enthusiast; Sam Burrows is an Auckland youth pastor and recording artist; Casey Murray is in corporate in marketing; and Sophia Sinclair is the editor of New Zealand's CMS magazine.
The 2014 Basil Sellers Young Writers Awards (Australia / New Zealand) will be held on the Gold Coast in September.
Tomorrow we will learn of the developments toward the Press Service International New Zealand Young Writer with Christian Today taking the first tentative steps toward self promotion of published Kiwi young writers.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html