The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has annual awards — these are determined by different sets of panellists.
These are the people who read and then mark the articles — for the first six months of 2018 - so as to determine the winners — then presented at the Christchurch conference on 1 September.
Week 1 — Internationals
Week 2 — Australians
Week 3 — Australians
Week 4 — Australians
Week 5 — Australians
Plus over those 5 weeks — New Zealand and sports writers.
During October and November Bishop Brian Carrell chaired the Panellists Commission where the panellists saw the current system working well. There were a couple of suggestions — original articles only be considered for each writer's “Best Article”. If at all possible, the panellists commit to each and every Cycle rather than skipping one or two.
The 2018 annual young writer awards get presented on 1 September in Christchurch and these various awards are determined by the Panellists. Articles get marked out of 1-10 points.
The major awards are the Basil Sellers Awards for 1st place, a youth development award and the Tony Dunkerley Sport Writer Award. A 2nd place award may be considered.
The growing number of young writers will naturally place time consuming pressure on the panellists — and with the Awards Commission separating 18-30 year olds for the Basil Sellers Awards from those over 31–40 not-so-young writers, a different set of panellists are required for these.
New Zealand Panellists
Wayne Graham — new
Sarah Richards — new
Josh Robbie — new
Panellists for the over 31's writers
Brad Mills — new
Peter Rope — former NZ panellist
Tim McDonald — new
Talisa Pariss — new
Annemarie de Villiers — new
Jack Liang — new
The policy is as-far-as-possible to have current or former young writers as Panellists — in 2018 these young writers are Panellists.
Panellists as former young writers
Laura Veloso — Sunshine Coast
Kandima Awendila — Gold Coast
Sophia Sinclair — Levin, New Zealand
Daniel Stott — Melbourne
Nathanael Yates — Perth
Tim Wilson — Masters College, LA
Danielle Stott — Melbourne
Josh Robbie — South Africa
Brad Mills — Auckland
Peter Rope — Auckland
Tim McDonald — Mackay
Talisa Pariss — Brisbane
Annemarie de Villiers — Mebourne
Jack Liang — Sydney
2018 looks to be a fabulous marking year — a huge thankyou to our Panellists.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html