Angie Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach is the American Christian Fiction Writer's new Publicity Officer and a multi-award winning inspirational author, speaker, and business owner. Angela is a Stephen Minister certified in mentor/peer counseling and Assisting Minister at her church. Angela is Mrs. Missoula America 2008 in support of her goal to promote the study of schizophrenia through awareness of brain donation. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom's brain, but she is also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. She is married, has a combined family of six grown children, one grandson and lives in Montana.

They’re Doing What?

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) is a fairly but fast growing group of authors and industry professionals. What? You knew that? You knew we had over 1700 members and are still growing? Huh. Well what will I tell you then?

Ah. You are still wondering what the buzz is about the contests we sponsor. The contests rules and information confuse you? Let’s see if we can help clarify who the BOTY and Genesis contests are for, what they mean to you, and how you can take part.

We offer two overall opportunities for authors with several categories in each, based on genre. The BOTY is an acronym for Book of the Year. This is a contest specifically for the published author. The Genesis contest is for the unpublished author. (Think the beginning of your career, hence, Genesis.) Each contest is listed on the ACFW Web site with the entry rules and deadlines, as well as the cost to enter. (Please see for more details.)

The very small fee is to offset costs of running the contest. These are not vanity contests to be a huge income for anyone or some get-rich scheme. The point of these opportunities is to help grow careers and award excellence in Christian fiction. They both take immense volunteer effort to coordinate and officiate. But participation in either the Book of the Year or the Genesis contest is a benefit for an ACFW member.


Because of ACFW’s Mission Statement and our purpose for existing: To encourage writers of Christian fiction, to develop their skills, to educate them in the market, and to be a fellowship for writers of like interests.

So now you’re thinking, “Hmm, I might like to get involved, but I don’t know if I qualify.” And secretly some are saying, “I’m scared, but I really dream of being published someday. I wish I had the courage to enter. What if I’m not good enough?”

Great, you are on the right track. Remember our mission statement? To encourage, to develop, to educate and to be a fellowship . . . How can we do that without your participation?

Head on over to and take a peek at the Book of the Year and the Genesis contests information. I’ll bet you will find the right one for you to help spur your writing on to greater heights. If you are still confused about which genre or if you qualify, e-mail the contest coordinator and ask questions. (The contact information is in the guidelines to make it easy.) Not only will you get great answers, but professional and courteous responses as well.

Have you thought of entering either contest? If not, why not? A dream only has a chance of becoming a reality when we dare to act. Do you dare?

A fun tidbit and new endeavor from your operating board in 2009: Four of your officers will be teaching week classes on our ACFW Course Loop. Here’s the lineup.

July’s schedule:
1st week: Cheryl Wyatt—Plotstorming (character-driven brainstorming method)
2nd week: Pam Meyers—Deep Point of View
3rd week: Angie Breidenbach—Overcoming Your Pirates (negatives that hold you back from your goals)
4th week: Margaret Daley—Using the Five Love Languages to Enrich Your Stories