Liz Hay, New Zealand Panellist
The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has annual awards – these are determined by different sets of panellists.
These are the people who read and then mark the articles - for the first six months of 2018 - so as to determine the winners – then presented at the Christchurch conference on 1 September.
They have six weeks of marking remaining for the 2018 award points.
During October and November Bishop Brian Carrell chaired the Panellists Commission where the panellists saw the current system working well, There were a couple of suggestions – original articles only be considered for each writer's “Best Article”. If at all possible, the panellists commit to each and every Cycle rather than skipping one or two.
The 2018 annual young writer awards get presented on 1 September in Christchurch and these various awards are determined by the Panellists. Articles get marked out of 1-10 points.
The major awards are the Basil Sellers Awards for 1st place, a youth development award and the Tony Dunkerley Sport Writer Award. A 2nd place award may be considered.
The growing number of young writers will naturally place time consuming pressure on the panellists - and with the Awards Commission separating 18-30 year olds for the Basil Sellers Awards from those over 31-40 not-so-young writers, a different set of panellists are required for these.
Vic Matthews International young writer panellist
New Zealand Panellists
Panellists for the over 31's writers
Laura Veloso, Australian Panellist
The policy is as-far-as-possible to have current or former young writers as Panellists – in 2018 these young writers are Panellists.
Panellists as former young writers
Laura Veloso - Sunshine Coast
Kandima Awendila - Gold Coast
Sophia Sinclair - Levin NZ
Daniel Stott - Melbourne
Nathanael Yates - Perth
Tim Wilson - Masters College, LA
Danielle Stott - Melbourne
Josh Robbie - South Africa
Peter Rope - Auckland
Tim McDonald - Mackay
Talisa Pariss - Brisbane
David Luschwitz - Walgett
2018 looks to be a fabulous year of marking – a huge thankyou to our Panellists.
John Skinner, Sport Panellist
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
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 25 books, and enjoys writing. 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 Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html