The new group in 2020 for the Basil Sellers Awards are the Over 36 – Senior Writers and all presented at the annual young writers conference on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
This fresh group are those Over 31s that the Christian Today Editor David Chang sought to move into the senior writer ranks and thus maintaining a younger profile.
2020 Over 36 – Senior Writer winners
New Zealand - Emma McGeorge
Internationals - Josh Robbie
Australians - David Goodwin
The Awards are presented at 4.00pm of the conference each year – there are a number of awards but with Covid 19 restrictions many were unable to attend in 2020.
Each of these Over 36 – Senor Writers in the Press Service International program in conjunction with Christian Today sent in their BEST article for the five Panellists to mark out of 25 - the 25 mark was chosen as in previous years there have been too many multiple winners out of 10 marks.
The Over 36 – Senior Writer Panellists
Bridget Brenton - an editor
Peter Bentley - editor of Catalyst former ARPA President
Paul Cornish - a NZ pastor
John Lemmon - an itinerant evangelist
Ben Campbell - CEO AE Mission
These Over 36 – Senior Writers young writers are slotted into Weeks 1-3 in the program’s 5 week Cycle - these are
The coordinator for them all is Gavin Lawrie.
Emma is an Italian-South African with a New Zealand passport and an international heart. She spent years training student choirs and co-running a puppeteering business, before working for a humanitarian organisation in New Zealand (7 years) and Papua New Guinea (3 years).
Currently a nomad living between various countries and towns, Emma's deep joy is in writing, music, cooking up an Italian storm, and taking time to listen to people’s stories.
Read Emma's creative expressions at http://www.girlkaleidoscope.wordpress.com or https://pngponderings.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/finding-the-beauty/
Emma’s previous articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/emma-mcgeorge.html
Joshua Robbie is currently serving the Lord under Pastors Ronnie and Shirley Naidoo of KZN Celebration Centre in Tongaat South Africa. He and His wife Rene’ moved from Australia to South Africa in April 2016. Their desire is to help in whatever way they can so that the church can become all that God has purposed her to be.
Josh is a painter by trade and also enjoys sports such as surfing, basketball and boxing. He has also written a book, now available for purchase on Amazon called: “Your Father sees: Living the sermon on the mount”.
Josh Robbie previous articles may be viewed http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/josh-robbie.html
David Goodwin is the former Editor of The Salvation Army’s magazine,War Cry. He is also a cricket tragic, and an unapologetic geek. David has assisted in the PSI young writer program in many ways and spoke at the 2019 young writer conference on how your CV articles will assist you in your career, himself being an example.
David Goodwin archive of articles may be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/david-goodwin.html
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. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at