Operation First Novel Finalists

Five of the 10 Operation First Novel semifinalists have been named finalists—and one of them will be awarded $20,000 and a publishing contract with Worthy Publishing.

The Guild, with Worthy Publishing, will announce the winner on February 16 at our Writing for the Soul conference at the Grand Hyatt Denver. To attend the conference visit our website to register or call 866.495.5177.

In alphabetical order:

  • Kimberley Gardner Graham, Memphis TN, The Rocking Horse of Tuscumbia
  • Jim Hamlett, Travelers Rest SC, Moe
  • Clarice James, Hudson NH, Party of One
  • Peter Leavell, Meridian ID, Songs of Captivity
  • Terrie Todd, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, The Silver Suitcase


  1. Mary Kay says

    Congratulations Kimberley, Jim, Clarice, Peter, and Terrie! Enjoy the anticipation time. I look forward to reading your books.

  2. Shanon Weselake says

    Great to see a Canadian along side our American neighbours. Will anxiously await the final decision. I love good books!

  3. June Outingdyke says

    Way to go Terrie. Your buddies at work are all rooting for you!!

    And, congrats to all semifinalists, an awesome accomplishment!

  4. Sally Norton says

    Congratulations to Kimberley Graham! We are so proud of you! Your hard work, God given gifts and tenacious spirit have served you well!!! Can’t wait to see this book in print! Love you

  5. Thad says

    Congratulations to the all the finalists. This a remarkable accomplishment. Good luck, although my vote is for Jim and Moe!!

    • CWGadmin says

      Peter Leavell won this year’s Operation First Novel contest for his book Songs of Captivity. Congratulations to Peter and a big thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s contest!

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