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                  NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:  May 2011


Contact:           James Russell, President  (517) 323-6233 or

                         Mary Spagnuolo

                         The Amy Foundation

                         P.O. Box 16091

                         Lansing, MI  48901

The Amy Foundation Awards $34,000 to 15 Writers — First Prize of $10,000 to Bill Campbell for article in The Clay County Advocate-Press


LANSING, MI—Bill Campbell is the $10,000 first-prize winner of the 25th annual 2009 Amy Writing Award.  Mr. Campbell has transitioned out of pastoral ministry into serving as a church consultant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has published numerous articles, including three books: The Magnificent Journey; The Magnificent Church; and The Magnificent Life. Possessing degrees through the doctoral level, Bill has been an adjunct professor at St. Louis Christian College and Cincinnati Christian Seminary.


His winning article, “Faith and Football” tells a story of how a community, a football team, coaches and cheerleaders extend the love of Christ to the most broken and forgotten individuals in our society. This article expands on the principle of that Jesus teaches, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”


As winner of the Amy Writing Awards $10,000 first prize, Bill Campbell joins a growing list of authors who for 25 years have shown how a compelling presentation of biblical truth applied to the serious issues of life earns a legitimate place in mainstream print journalism.


The Amy Foundation presented the $10,000 first prize to Mr. Campbell at the 2010 annual Michigan Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, May 12, in Lansing. This first prize presentation will be the Amy Foundation’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Amy Writing Awards.


The Amy Writing Awards program encourages writers to apply biblical principles to contemporary issues. Articles considered for awards must appear in mainstream print or online news publications and include at least one Bible quotation. The 2009 winning entries were selected from nearly 600 submissions published in the mainstream media (print and online) last year.


Other 2009 award winners are:


Birthday began year of unexpected gifts by Rachel Coleman (The Southwest Times; Liberal, KS) $5,000 Second Prize


Why not be reconciled today? by J. Mark Fox (The Times-News; Burlington, NC) $4,000 Third Prize


Tony Blair talking about God, faith by Rusty Wright and Meg Korpi (The Sun; San Bernardino, CA) $3,000 Fourth Prize


Ready for the storm: One mother's story of losing her child by Jodi Whisenhunt (McKinney Kids Magazine; McKinney, TX) $2,000 Fifth Prize


What is the secret to a good marriage by Norris Burkes (The Elk Grove Citizen; Elk Grove, CA) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


The issue for conservatives is marriage by Michael J. McManus (El Dorado News-Times; El Dorado, AR) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


Out from the pews and into Paraguay by Mary Cinadr (The Saratogian; Saratoga Springs, NY) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


Follow You, Will You Follow Me? by Janice Lane Palko (Northern Connection Magazine; Pittsburgh, PA) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


Capitalism is convenient scapegoat by Bill Dunn (Republican-American; Waterbury, CT) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


We need models of conduct, faithfulness by Rev. Steve Cornell (The Morning Call;  Allentown, PA) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


Logic isn't mightier than Word by Dr. Claudia Brantley (The Herald-Journal; Spartanburg, SC ) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


Kayaking for dummies by Patty Mondore (Thousand Islands Sun; Alexandria Bay, NY) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


Prepare for uncertain times with faith, health insurance by Dr. Delvyn Case, Jr. (Portland Press Herald; Portland, ME) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit


Preparation pays dividends by Ed Jordan (Idaho State Journal; Pocatello, ID) $1,000 Award of Outstanding Merit



Copies of the winning entries are available upon request or can be reviewed on our website (www.amyfound.org). Entries for the 2010 Amy Awards competition should be submitted to the Amy Writing Awards, P.O. Box 16091, Lansing, MI 48901, and be postmarked by January 31, 2011.


The Amy Foundation believes the historic value system of Western Civilization springs from the Judeo-Christian ethic and must be preserved to ensure a strong America. In addition to the Amy Writing Awards, the Foundation sponsors the Amy Syndicate (www.amyfound.org) and the Church Writing Group Ministry. It also publishes and distributes the Discipled Nation Plan Curriculum.


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