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Laycock short-listed in national writing competition

A Blackfalds Christian writer is short-listed in three categories in a national writing competition.

Marcia Lee Laycock is in the running for best inspirational book, blog series and short story categories of the 2014 Word Awards sponsored by The Word Guild.

Laycock is in award contention for three different works: the book Spur of the Moment, now in its third printing (the original edition won an award of merit at Write! Canada in 2004); the short story An Unexpected Glory, which is part of the 12 Days of Christmas anthology published by Helping Hands Press: and for blog articles published on Novel Rocket, one of Writers’ Digest Top 100 Blogs for Writers.

Winners will be announced on June 11 at a black-tie gala at World Vision headquarters in Mississauga, Ont.

Laycock, whose faith column The Spur ran for years in a Ponoka newspaper and is now syndicated and carried by three provincial papers, said, “I am honoured to be included in this list of some of the best Christian writers in Canada. It was especially thrilling to have all three pieces I entered make it to the short list.”

All short-listed book category finalists are also in contention for the largest literary prize for Christian writers — the $5,000 Grace Irwin Prize.

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