MAF's Emma McGeorge based in PNG, from Auckland New Zealand is the celebrated winner of the 2017 New Zealand $1000 'Basil Sellers Young Writer' Award presented on Saturday at the annual Young Writers' Conference held on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre.
Emma McGeorge was a clear winner this year as determined by the New Zealand Panellists who marked every Kiwi young writer's articles in the first six months on the year.
Emma's CV reads (for her articles)—
an Italian-South African with a New Zealand passport, living in Papua New Guinea. As well as years of running a puppet ministry and directing student choirs, she has served with Mission Aviation Fellowship since 2007, currently based in PNG. Emma's deep joy is in writing, music, playing with her ginger cats and finding God in unexpected places.
Emma McGeorge’s Christian Today articles may be viewed here www.pressserviceinternational.org/emma-mcgeorge.html
PSI—Press Service International—Christian Today
The young writer program is coordinated by PSI in conjunction with Christian Today with 85 young writers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
These young writers are published once every five weeks with 10 articles a year, submitting 'comment' pieces on a wide range of subjects. Published in Christian Today which is part of CMCI which has 100 mastheads around the world conveying Christian news along with specific publishing programs such as our young writers.
This is giving these young people a voice into the international marketplace of ideas. Young people between the ages of 18–30 are invited into the program and once these young writers hit 30 they are welcomed to continue to 35 whereupon they might become 'senior writers'.
Emma McGeorge—a literary power house
If anyone was in any doubt of Emma's literary skills, I for one am on her mailing list. This is something to behold, and spell-binding, along with numerous photographs of life in PNG and on mission with MAF—Missionary Aviation Fellowship.
No detail is too small in Emma's entertaining tomes and the photographs illustrate not only what life is like as a missionary but details in minute accuracy the food, the life style and the dramas.
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