Dear Aikman Award Contestants:
Thank you so much for your courage and creativity in entering this contest. So many of your original articles were really arresting and of course for 15 of you there was the opportunity to write a full book proposal.
The final 15 entries have all been assessed, by 8 judges in total. The two judges who looked at the final four entries did not believe that any single one of them was worthy of the outright winner’s prize of $20,000 (as they had the right to do under the contest rules and regulations). We do want to communicate to you that this is not a decision they arrived at lightly. Considerable time, effort, and prayer were put into these deliberations over the past two months, by all 8 judges. At The Aikman Award, however, we felt that the four best writers in the contest, according to the final two judges, should be given an encouragement award of $1,500 to spur them on in their writing journey. These top four writers are, in alphabetical order: Dustin Benac, Brandon Clements, Catherine Murphy, and Molly Phillips.
Even though it is not possible to do the same for all of you, I personally want to thank you for the enterprise and godly forethought in entering this contest. I urge you to continue your writing efforts and not give up on seeking outlets for your talents in other competitions or in serious publishing efforts.
Sincerely, and in Christian love,
Cosponsored by Patrick Henry College