In partnership with the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and Lori Marett, daughter of Yvonne Lehman, the Lehman Tribute Award program will help raise up writers new or fairly new to the publishing world.

Eligibility: Authors who have published three or less books through a non-traditional avenue or unpublished authors. Published in an anthology or compilation through a traditional house will not eliminate an author from participation if author has otherwise only published in a non-traditional manner. Traditionally published authors are not eligible.

Frequency: Yearly.

Winner will be announced each year at BRMCWC during the awards program.

First copies of the winner’s book will be available the following year at BRMCWC, followed by a release to the public one month after the conclusion of the conference, unless it conflicts with the July 4 holiday


Submission Guidelines: Original material, Material must be unpublished

Times New Roman

12 point
Double spaced

Maximum word count: 1,500
Minimum word count: 1,250

Entrants will also submit a 100- to 150-word essay that shares their personal feelings about the contest and why they're entering.

Deadline: First year: October 1, 2022. 

Iron Stream Media will not retain rights to any submission.

Iron Stream Media is not committed to offering feedback on a submission.

Judging: Judging will begin October 5, 2022.

Announcements: Finalists will be announced March 15, 2023, during a Facebook live event.

Winner will be announced Wednesday, May 23, 2023, during the annual Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

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When you are ready to submit your entry please email [email protected].

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