The Panellists for the young writer annual awards are past the half way point – there are four sets of panellists – these are the people who read and then mark the articles for the first six months of 2017 - for determinations for the presentations at the Sunshine Coast conference on 12 August.
The young writer program consists of five weeks. Each set of five weeks is called a Cycle. There are 10 Cycles in the year.
2017 – 5 week cycles - 10 of these
Week 1 - Internationals
Week 2 - Australians
Week 3 - Australians
Week 4 - Australians
Week 5 - New Zealand
The 2017 annual young writer awards get presented on 12 August on the Sunshine Coast. These various awards are determined by four sets of Panellists who mark the young writers articles out of 10 points.
The major awards are the Basil Sellers Awards for first place, the Consistency M & D Tronson for second place (Australian, New Zealand, Internationals) and the Tony Dunkerley Sport Writer Award.
New Zealand Panellists
The policy is as-far-as-possible to have current or former young writers as Panellists – in 2017 these young writers are Panellists.
Panellists as former young writers
2017 looks has been a fabulous marking year to date – a huge thankyou to our Panellists.
Bill Chilcott, statistician
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.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html