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The Christy Awards: Drawing Attention to Beautiful Stories

Tuesday, January 31, 2017  
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by Daisy Blackwell Hutton, Vice President and Publisher, Fiction

HarperCollins Christian Publishing; The Christy Award™ advisory board member

Daisy Hutton



"Novelists of faith in our time can reclaim prominence in the larger culture."



The Christy Awards were established in 1999 to acknowledge the value and impact of the novel of faith in contemporary culture. Since that time, the Christy’s have been a focal point for the writers and publishers in our community, symbolizing the best aspirations and accomplishments of writers who write from a perspective of faith and who create stories with matters of belief at their core.


We are honored to continue to celebrate The Christy Awards, particularly during this time in the evolution of our industry and culture. Those of us who write and work within Christian Fiction have the joyous task of bringing to life stories that contain a vision that never loses its relevance.


Writers of faith and those who support them should take heart that we live in a time of such unprecedentedly rich opportunity for authentic connectedness with readers.  We must continue to labor to create and support the kind of storytelling that our readers want and need – stories that explore what binds us together as human beings and that explore our relationship to each other and to our Creator.

Half a century ago, great American novelists of faith such as Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and John Updike wrote from a Christian worldview to a broad audience. We have every reason to hope and believe that novelists of faith in our time can reclaim this prominence within the larger culture. 


The Christy Awards are one of the primary ways in which we celebrate this sense of both accomplishment and possibility. By drawing attention to the beautiful stories that emerge from gifted writers of belief, the Christy’s celebrate two of the most glorious ways in which we are created in God’s image – our creativity and our need for connectedness.



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