The Carol Awards honor the highest achievement for published authors of Christian fiction in the previous calendar year.
With over 360 entries in this year's contest, making the finalist list is a noteworthy accomplishment. Hansen's contemporary suspense, Nightwatch, is one of three finalists in the Short Contemporary Suspense category.
The 2012 Carol Award winners in each category will be announced at ACFW's Awards Gala on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the annual conference in Dallas, Texas.
"The Carol Award winners are a shining example of the best and brightest the industry has to offer," said Steve Laube, President/Literary Agent, with the Steve Laube Agency.
From airport newsstands to Newsweek, Christian fiction continues to grow in popularity, resonating with readers looking for both faith and fiction. The growth of the genre has birthed many new writers, as evidenced by the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).
ACFW is devoted to training its writers, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional Christian fiction publishing industry. With more than 2500 members and 28 local chapters in 20 states, as well as a beyond-the-borders e-chapter, ACFW speaks as the "Voice of Christian Fiction."