Operation First Novel Semifinalists

The Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild is pleased to announce the top 10 finishers in the 2011 Operation First Novel contest. One hundred and ten never-before-published novelists competed for the $20,000 prize and a publishing contract with Worthy Publishing.

The semifinalists, 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
  • Pamela McDavid, Hubbard OR, Seven Years Between
  • Jayme Mansfield, Lakewood CO, Chasing the Butterfly
  • Mary Kay Moody, San Diego CA, Hidden in the Mist
  • Robin Pearson, Mount Holly NJ, Women and Children First
  • Jennifer Slattery, Kansas City MO, With Reckless Abandon
  • Terrie Todd, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, The Silver Suitcase

The five finalists will be named soon, with the winner announced at the 2012 Writing for the Soul conference February 16-19, in Denver CO. To attend the conference visit our website to register or call 866.495.5177.


  1. says

    Thanks for the vote of confidence! It’s an honor to be one of the ten semi-finalists! You can tell it’s a CHRISTIAN contest, because we’re all congratulating each other!

  2. Mary Kay says

    Exciting news! Thank you. And congratulations to all the other semifinalists. I think we all appreciate the encouragement here, and the quality of the CWG’s programs. I think all the semifinalist titles sound interesting, and hope to see them all on the shelves soon.

  3. Mary Kay says

    That comment should have said the quality PEOPLE that make up the Guild. Programs wouldn’t be helpful if it weren’t for the people who are great mentors, instructors, encouragers, writers. Thanks, each and every one.

  4. Rebekah Weigner says

    Congratulations everyone! For those of us who didn’t make semifinalists, don’t give up pitching your novel to publishers! Your story can’t be seen by the world unless you are dedicated to never quitting! :)

  5. Linda Piper says

    Congratulations to all of you. I have read Jim Hamlett’s book and enjoyed it very much. Thanks to the guild for giving these new writers a some recognition for their work and a chance for advancement of their work.

  6. says

    This is very encouraging. Congratulations to the others for this achievement. And many thanks to the judges for their time in reading through the manuscripts.

  7. Rachel Ann Rogish says

    Robin Pearson, I was excited to see someone’s name from New Jersey! I live in Wildwood, and I was wondering what chapter of Word Weavers you joined. Thanks!

  8. says

    I’m thrilled to be representing Canada in this line-up! Thank you so much, CWG! I am really pumped that you’ve added the critique segment to this contest and can’t wait to improve upon my novel with the feedback. Congratulations to all entrants. Whether you placed or not, completing a novel and meeting the requirements to enter is an accomplishment to be proud of. God bless!

  9. Robin W. Pearson says

    Thank you so much for the affirmation! It has been a long road to get to this moment, but God has always been faithful. Congratulations to all the other semifinalists!

  10. says

    I want to congratulate all the contestants, including me, and most especially, the top 10. I am glad to be a part of CWG. I am also excited that we will all receive critics for our work. Thank you and thank God. Congratulations all!

  11. Jean Purcell says

    Well done! to all who worked so hard to enter the contest. Every effort and experience like this helps prepare for next steps. You were faithful to your goal!Congratulations to those who reached every point, from beginning to end. Well done!

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