Photo - Sharma Taylor, West Indies young writer
The international young writers in Press Service International (PSI) continues to shine – having completed their five Cycles of 2018, the 'marking period' for the panellists.
As way back as 2012 the PSI young writer program included young writers from overseas (quite apart from New Zealand) and in 2014 there were enough such young writers for them to be established in their own separate week.
The internationals are in Week 1 of each Cycle of the young writer program mainly because it is winter in the northern hemisphere. They kick start each new year as we 'down under' are in the midst of the summer break - it has little effect on the internationals (not summer holidays).
Photo - Kandima Awendila Mozambique young writer
Ashley Mullins - was in Malawi
Photo - Charis Jackson, USA young writer
Basil Sellers Awards
The international young writers are part of the annual awards and have been included since 2015 -
2015 – Joint winners
Genevieve Wilson - Canada
Paul Lewis – West Indies
Andrew Sinclair - Christchurch
Sharma Taylor - West Indies
Andrew was reading Theology at the Sydney Missionary Bible College in Sydney and did not fit into the residential New Zealand list and as an international student was placed into the internationals list.
2017 International Panellists
Vic Matthews - Moruya
Euan McDonald - Brisbane
Nathanael Yates - Perth
Daniel Stott - Melbourne
Danielle Stott - 2014 Australian Basil Sellers winner
The panellists mark each international young writer article over the first five Cycles of the program, that is January to July. The policy is to try and find former or current young writers as Panellists, three are in this group, Daniel, Nathanael and Danielle. Nathanael after 8 years as a young writer and now as a panellist is moving on. A wonderful service to the Lord.
Photo - Ashley Mullins Malawi young writer
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
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