New Publisher for $20,000 Operation First Novel Contest Winner

Worthy Publishing of Brentwood, Tenn., a new company with strong ties to the Christian publishing industry, will publish the Christian Writers Guild’s 2011 Operation First Novel winner.

The Guild will announce the results of the contest in February of 2012 at the Writing for the Soul conference and award the winner $20,000. The novel would likely release later that year.

“We’re honored to be involved with Jerry Jenkins and the Guild,” says Worthy President and CEO Byron Williamson. “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.”

New benefit to Operation First Novel entrants
This year those who enter the contest will receive feedback from judges in seven key areas: Characterization, Plot, Conflict, Dialogue, Setting, Mechanics, and Writing Quality.

See the contest rules and submission guidelines here ( and past winners here (