Australian young writer Thomas Devenish won the Australian Tronson Award presented at the annual young writers conference on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
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 the Australian young 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 Australian Panellists
Gavin Lawrie - a retired barrister
Vicki Nunn - editor of SPAG
Aira Chilcott - a retired college educator
Kandima Awendila - 2018 Over 31s Winner
Cheryl McGrath - 2017 and 2018 Basil Sellers winner
The Tronson Award has two string attributes – the first is a top result by the Panellists, the second is engaged in the Press Service International ministry.
Thomas Devenish lives in Hobart, Tasmania with his wife and two daughters. He works as a motion designer and enjoys the diverse experiences life has to offer, from chasing tennis balls to curling up with a good book on a rainy day.
Thomas was the 2016 Theology Award winner and has been in the young writer program for many years. He has advised the young writer ministry over many years and in Hobart helps in the promotions of the young writer program.
He initially worked in television where he honed his skills producing graphics and program material. He gets contracts from all over the world.
Thomas Devenish’s previous articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/thomas-devenish.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 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