In ten days the Realm Makers Conference will be underway, and during that first evening together the 2014 winner of the Clive Staples Award will be announced.
In many ways, the CSA is the premier award in Christian fiction. The process involves readers on the two fundamental levels—nominating books and selecting finalists. This method means that any book meeting the contest requirements is eligible, without requiring membership to a particular organization and without paying an entry fee.
At the same time, because of the support of Speculative Faith and the Realm Makers Conference, CSA offers a cash prize to the winner, along with a commemorative plaque and an award seal. What other award for Christian fiction does as much for their winner? It’s an honor to be a part of the Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction.
It’s also an honor to introduce the judges who selected the winner from our finalists.
I’ve “known” Keanan Brand for at least six years though we have never met. He’s been a supporter of CSA since it’s inception and a long standing member of the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour. Because of his participation in CSFF, I’ve read countless numbers of his reviews. He’s also worked as an editor, both for a small press and for his own freelance business.
“Keanan Brand” is actually the pen name of this writer, editor, and haphazard photographer (see picture above). His first published stories were articles in his junior high newspaper, and he later wrote freelance “human interest” articles for the local newspaper. Yet, despite his journalistic roots, he loved fiction more.
He has since published poems and short stories, and a serialized science fiction novel. His first fantasy novel is slated for publication in late 2014. Brand has also worked for publishers as a proofreader and an editor, and offers his editorial services freelance, as well.
He blogs at Adventures in Fiction, covering life, the writing process, and the occasional book or movie review. His SF serial, Thieves’ Honor, can be read there, as well.
Keanan Brand grew up on the West Coast then in the South, attended college in Missouri, worked many years in Arkansas, and now resides in Oklahoma.