Thursday, February 28, 2013

One Hope Fiction Winner is ...

We're excited to announce the winner of the One Hope fiction contest. (The jury is still out on the nonfiction entries, so winners will be announced next week.)

Congratulations to

Sharyn Kopf

Her winning manuscript, Spinstered, will be published this fall.

Three Colorado Springs friends find themselves over 40 without a wedding or even the hint of a proposal. Can they each handle the struggles of being a single woman who has, in their opinion, passed her prime? Or will they crumble under the grief of broken hearts and lost dreams?

When a younger friend starts dating one of the few available men their age, they come face-to-face with their disappointment. As they question God’s plan for their lives and, specifically, for their singleness, each has to deal with her own particular regrets while embracing her hopes for the future.

More about Sharyn:

Sharyn Kopf knew she wanted to be a writer the moment she wrote her first poem at the age of five. She still considers it one of her best work.

After earning a bachelor’s in communications at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, she spent several years working as a newspaper reporter, almost a decade serving as an award-winning radio writer/producer for Focus on the Family, and even took a job for six months penning a television show for an Ohio-based mega-church. Then, for two and a half years, she was the senior writer for the marketing department at Cedarville University (OH).

Most recently, Sharyn has made her living as a freelance writer and editor. Her work has included co-authoring/editing Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury: One Woman’s Journey from Death to Life (published by BookJolt, 2012), writing and directing plays for an annual Cedarville University event, writing and editing numerous web articles, and editing a 400-page manuscript, which was published by Kregel in 2012. A short story she wrote that first introduced her to Spinstered character Catie Delaney will be included in the Western Ohio Writers Association’s 2013 inaugural anthology.

In her spare time, Sharyn plays the piano, makes the best fudge ever, rages against unnecessary uses of the Oxford comma, and watches too much HGTV. She lives in Jamestown, OH, but hopes to move to Bellefontaine soon to be closer to her family, especially her amazing nieces and nephew.

We look forward to sharing more of Sharyn's work with you in the coming months!

Today, Feb 28, is the deadline for the EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT for our 2013 Contests. Learn all the details on this post. And check back next week when we announce the winner of the nonfiction contest.

PS. Today's the last day Heart Bouquets will be 99 cents! Snag it today before the price goes up!


Kay said...

I worked with Sharyn at Focus on the Family and we've remained friends over the years since. I'm very excited for her. OK, let's just say I'm TOTALLY STOKED for her. I can't wait for the published product.

Joanne Sher said...

Congratulations, Sharyn!