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Quick Facts

We're American Christian Fiction Writers - The Voice of Christian Fiction - a professional organization devoted to the craft of Christian Fiction.

Our mission is to promote Christian Fiction through developing the skills of its authors, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional publishing industry.

  • Nearing 3000 members worldwide
  • 30 Local Chapters in 22 states plus a Beyond-the-Borders e-chapter
  • Annually presents the premier conference for Christian Fiction with most major CBA publishers and literary agencies represented and more than 700 in attendance
  • Conducts three highly respected annual writer recognition awards programs - First Impressions Contest for unpublished Christian Fiction's first few pages, The Genesis Contest for the beginning of an unpublished completed manuscript, and The Carol Awards for the best in Christian Fiction published in the previous calendar year.


  • Introducing ACFW’s Masterclass Series

    A series of workshops geared to the multi-published author. Publishing has never been easy, but there are so many choices today and different challenges for multi-published authors than even five years ago. One big advantage we have in ACFW is Community. Need to change genres? So have some of the rest of us and we’re happy to share what we …Read More
  • ACFW’s 2023 Christian Fiction and Industry Awards

      ACFW Announces 2023 Christian Fiction and Industry Awards Palm Bay, FL: The 2023 American Christian Fiction Writers conference at St. Louis, Missouri’s Hyatt Regency at the Arch included the much-anticipated Awards Gala spotlighting this year’s Christian fiction industry awards. Author, instructor, and writing craft resource expert James Scott Bell was honored with ACFW’s Lifetime Achievement Award. ACFW CEO Colleen …Read More
  • 2023 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Recipient James Scott Bell

    For immediate release  ACFW Announces 2023 Lifetime Achievement Recipient James Scott Bell  Palm Bay, FL: The American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) is pleased to announce the recipient of their 2023 Lifetime Achievement honors—prolific author, fiction instructor, mentor, and industry observer James Scott Bell. When asked to list their go-to books on the craft of writing, many authors point to the …Read More

Press Points

  • Interview opportunities with ACFW leadership (CEO Colleen Coble, ACFW Executive Director Robin Miller or ACFW Executive Board members) - contact ACFW Professional Relations Liaison Cynthia Ruchti at
  • Author interviews with one of our published novelists, including some of the most recognized names in Christian Fiction - contact ACFW Professional Relations Liaison Cynthia Ruchti at
  • Quotes or facts about Christian Fiction for news stories and magazine articles - contact
  • Information about the ACFW conference - contact ACFW Conference Director Robin Miller at
  • Information about the ACFW awards programs:
    • Genesis Contest (unpublished) - contact Genesis Coordinator Teresa Haugh at
    • The Carol Awards (published) - contact Carol Award Coordinator Gabrielle Meyer at
    • Agent of the Year, Editor of the Year, Mentor of the Year - contact ACFW Contests Administrator Robert Turner at
  • Connections to information about ACFW as an organization and its role in the Christian Fiction industry - contact ACFW Professional Relations Liaison Cynthia Ruchti at

Trusted in the Industry

"You can always count on ACFW to provide writers with excellent training, informed support, and quality education on what’s happening in the publishing industry."

- Karen Ball
Editor, writer, literary agent

"From the time I first encountered ACFW, I have been impressed with the high quality of professionalism and warm care and concern I have observed from anyone remotely associated with the organization. Outstanding services to members and retailers and a truly remarkable vision for Christian fiction make me hopeful for the future of inspirational novels and story."

- Kim Moore
Senior Editor
Harvest House Publishers

"ACFW recognizes the power of cooperation and involving all stakeholders in the very broad creative process. From developing workshops that help Christian-store retailers engage customers on fiction to providing the valuable online tool to research and learn about authors and genres, ACFW empowers retailers to better serve readers who love a good story."

- Curtis Riskey
CBA Executive Director