The international young writers in Press Service International (PSI) continues to shine – having completed eight of their 10 Cycles of 2018, recognising there are only two Cycles remaining.
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 their summer holidays).
Ashley Mullins - was in Malawi
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
Jason LaLone and Stacy-Ann Smith – Joint winners
Over 31’s - Kandima Awendila
Andrew Sinclair 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.
2019 International Panellists – 3 more needed
Vic Matthews - Moruya
Euan McDonald - Brisbane
There is a need to find three additional panellists for the international young writers for next year.
The young writer program welcomes additional Australian (18-30) enquiries in becoming Australian young writers – firstname.lastname@example.org 61 (0) 419 917 713.
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