The Braun Book Awards

After careful review and significant deliberation, Word Alive Press has a very special announcement...

"I am so grateful and humbled to see Argentum's Song's fifteen year journey culminate as this year's Braun Book Awards Fiction winner.  I fully understand what it is like to be one of the authors who has invested their heart and soul into a manuscript that wasn't chosen and pray that those of you in that place today will lean into the Father's comfort and encouragement as you persevere in obedience to your calling."

—Russell Smith, Argentum's Song

“I am very grateful to be selected for this honour and am excited to work once again with such fine people. My publishing experiences with Word Alive Press in the past have been thoroughly delightful.“

—Dwight J. Olney, Not Just a Really Good Human


Word Alive Press is also pleased to celebrate the following recognized manuscripts:

Non-Fiction Shortlist:
Jaime Schreiner, The Children We’re Given: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Disciples
Keren Elumir, Glimmers
Bruce Lacillade, Introduction to Moral Injury: A Spiritual Look For First Responders
Brenda and Ashley Tindall, The Way I See Things: A Mother and Daughter Offer Hope Through Tragedy
Michelle Strutzenberger, When Your 'Other Half' Goes to Heaven
Glenn C. Taylor, Exploring the Wilderness through the Eyes of Faith

Fiction Shortlist:
Katherine Le Gresley, The Light Keeper
Rachel Moss, Intimately Unknown
Susan Reimer, A Work of Art
Neil Fox, The Crown and Salvation

Non-Fiction Longlist:
Marcia Magee-McClelland, People Are Not Your Problem, They Are Your Purpose
Tom Birch, Bring Out the Capstone: The Key to Mountain-Moving Prayer
Karen Powell, Every Story Starts with Small Steps: Avondale COVID-19 Journal
Janet Williamson, Journey with God
Joanne Wiens, A Spider or a Cross?  Sacred Moments, Ordinary Days

Fiction Longlist:
Jack Taylor, Salome: The Good Sister
Sara Kennerley, Confessions of a Pain-Filled Glory-Gazer
Janessa Bergen, Friend of a Pirate


We are humbled by the calibre of Christian writing in Canada and truly grateful for the opportunity to review each and every manuscript. Participants who requested feedback can expect to receive that via email by July 30th, 2021.

Thank you again to everyone who participated and made this an exceptional year.