Chris Fabry takes home two awards from premier Christian fiction award ceremony

Charles Martin‘s novel Long Way Gone (Thomas Nelson) was honored as Book of the Year at the 2017 Christy Award Gala. The event, presented by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), and hosted by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, author and singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson, and author and radio host Chris Fabry, was held November 8 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chris Fabry also won in two categories: Short Form for Looking Into You (Tyndale House) and General Fiction for The Promise of Jesse Woods (Tyndale House).

Here is the full list of awards handed out at the ceremony:

Book of The Year

Long Way Gone
Charles Martin
(Thomas Nelson)

Historical Romance (TIE)

A Note Yet Unsung
Tamera Alexander
(Bethany House)

The Lady and the Lionheart
Joanne Bischof
(Mason Jar Books)

Contemporary Romance

Her One and Only
Becky Wade
(Bethany House)

Short Form

Looking Into You
Chris Fabry
(Tyndale House)

Historical Fiction

The Mark of the King
Jocelyn Green
(Bethany House)


The Long Journey to Jake Palmer
James L. Rubart
(Thomas Nelson)


When Death Draws Near
Carrie Stuart Parks
(Thomas Nelson)

First Novel

Stars in the Grass
Ann Marie Stewart
(Barbour Publishing)

Young Adult

The Silent Songbird
Melanie Dickerson
(Thomas Nelson)

General Fiction

The Promise of Jesse Woods
Chris Fabry
(Tyndale House)

The Christy Awards Gala also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the novel Christy, the award’s namesake and now re-released through Evergreen Farm, an imprint of Gilead Publishing.

The evening capped off two days of events that helped inspire, train and encourage those established in the publishing industry as well as those aspiring to break into the market as writers or business leaders:

  • PubU: The Art of Curation was held as a training and networking event for Christian publishing professionals.
  • The Art of Writing Conference was created to build community and explore the leading questions and pressing issues facing creators and curators.

“We are thrilled with the tremendous response we received to these three writing and publishing events,” said Stan Jantz, executive director of ECPA. “So many talented writers, along with members of the professional publishing community, have reinforced our belief that the art of storytelling is more important than ever. We congratulate this year’s eleven Christy Award winners and look forward to another year of incredible storytelling.”

Sign up for award and event updates for the 2018 program at, where complete information can be found.

Event photos courtesy Audra Jennings, Deb Patterson, and Chris Well.

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Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their home schooled children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life. Photo © Anna Reichenberg