New program, Lehman Tribute Collaborations and Yvonne Lehman Award Announced at the 2022 Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.
Black Mountain, NC – In partnership with Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and Lori Marett, the new program, Lehman Tribute Collaborations and Yvonne Lehman Award will help raise up writers new or fairly new to the publishing world. The announcement of this new program was made during the 2022 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRCMWC) at Ridgecrest, North Carolina.
The award winner will be announced each year at BRMCWC during the awards program. First copies of said winner will be available the following year at BRMCWC, followed by a release to the public one month after the conclusion of the conference unless it conflicts with the July 4 holiday.
The first two years of the program will be dedicated to using unpublished material of Yvonne Lehman as selected by her daughter Lori Marett and a staff member from Iron Stream Media (ISM). After two years, ISM reserves the right to expand into nonfiction, YA, children’s, or other genres for consideration in the program. The leadership team at ISM will determine the selection of unpublished work beginning in year three.
Eligibility for the award will include authors who have published three books or fewer through a non-traditional avenue or who are unpublished. Publication in an anthology or compilation through a traditional house will not eliminate an author from participation if the author has otherwise only published in a non-traditional manner. Traditionally published authors are not eligible.
Award applicants will submit original unpublished material to a designated email address (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org). Each year, submissions will open on the night of the announcement. The deadline each year will be the second Monday of July, with the exception of the first year. Submission guidelines are available at https://lehmantributeaward.ironstreammedia.com/, including genre of the work (i.e., thriller, romance, etc.) along with additional details.
Entrants will also submit a 100- to 150-word essay that shares their personal feelings about the contest and why they’re entering. Deadline: First year: October 1, 2022. Subsequent years: second Monday of July (for example, July 10, 2023)
Iron Stream Media will not retain rights to any submission and is not committed to offering feedback on a submission. An ISM employee designated by the ISM leadership team will distribute entries to the following judges no later than the second Wednesday of each July, with the exception of the first year, which is listed below.
First round judges (October 5 to November 2)*
- Lori Marett, daughter of Yvonne Lehman
- Eva Marie Everson, award-winning author
- Senior Editor at ISM, Susan Cornell
- Acquisition Editor for ISM Harambee Press, Edwina Perkins
An ISM employee designated by the ISM leadership team will distribute three finalists to the following judges no later than the fourth Friday of each July.
Finalists (3) (November 14 to November 23)*
- ISM CEO & Publisher, John Herring
- ISM Chief Creative Officer, Suzanne Kuhn
- ISM COO, Bradley Isbell
- Director of BRMCWC, Edie Melson
*Dates are for 2022 only
The mission of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference is to inspire writers to connect with God, other writers, and industry professionals as they embrace their calling with excellence.Their mission is to encourage writers and would-be writers to courageously step out and follow the call of God. https://www.blueridgeconference.com/
About Iron Stream Media
Making disciples as we go. Iron Stream media derives its name from Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This sharpening describes the process of discipleship, to one another. Iron Stream Media provides a variety of solutions for churches, missionaries, and nonprofits that include in-depth bible study curriculum, Christian book publishing, and consultative series. Iron Stream Media is the home of Iron Stream Books, Brookstone Creative Group, Iron Stream Kids, Iron Stream Harambee Press, and Iron Stream Fiction. Through the popular Life Bible Study imprint, they also provide web-based year and short -term Bible study teaching plans as well as printed devotionals, Bibles, and discipleship curriculum. https://www.ironstreammedia.com/.
For More Information:
Lori Heiselman, Lori@BiscuitMediaGroup.com, 714-553-5181
or Callie Daruk, Callie@BiscuitMediaGroup.com, 615-308-5638