Historical Wins Novel Contest, $20,000

Peter Leavell’s Songs of Captivity won the Christian Writers Guild’s 2011 Operation First Novel contest, announced last week at the Writing for the Soul contest in Denver. A 2007 history graduate of Boise State University, Leavell receives $20,000 and will see his book published by contest co-sponsor Worthy Publishing.

Historical fiction is Peter’s passion and his story about Tad, a courageous child of slavery, was chosen by Guild judges and Worthy Publishing because of its “emotionally-charged approach to a sensitive, historic period,” says Jeana Ledbetter, Worthy vice president of planning and author relations. “Peter’s story presents a piece of history readers will be eager to learn more about.”

In Songs of Captivity, Leavell writes about how Tad’s actions expose the sins of an entire nation as the Civil War threatens to tear apart the United States.

Peter has won several awards for his short stories and manuscripts. He says nothing delights him more than people turning the pages of books, enraptured by the story.

“It is an honor to be chosen,” Leavell says. “The Guild’s Operation First Novel is a wonderful opportunity to receive feedback. I’m thrilled that this story of human struggle and triumph will be published.”

Worthy president and CEO Byron Williamson says, “We believe some of the greatest fiction voices of our time have not yet been heard. Operation First Novel is an exciting way to seek out those compelling stories and writers.”

Could your manuscript be next year’s winner? Check our website in March for details on entering the 2012 contest.