I Was Shortlisted For a Word Guild Award!

Shortlisted Word Guild Award

I’ve got to confess…I’m nervous writing this post.  Fear, insecurity…and admittedly a bit of pride has kept me from posting this news, until now.  When I first found out that I was shortlisted for a Word Guild Award I was ecstatic and immediately posted the news on Facebook.  After I made the post I got nervous.  When I looked at who was also shortlisted my elation turned to deflation.  I felt I really didn’t stand much of a chance in winning and worried what people would think if I posted about it and lost.  Yes…I’m completely human too 🙂

Since the Facebook post I haven’t told many people.  Today I was talking about it with Todd and my stepson Brandon when Brandon gave me some advice I would share with a friend.  He said, “Sherry, it’s an honour just to be nominated and shortlisted.”  How do kids get so smart 🙂

So, here’s my formal announcement…drum roll please…

Word Guild AwardI Was Shortlisted For a Word Guild Award!


I am completely honoured that a post on my Soul H2O Blog has been shortlisted in the following Category with two talented writers.  Whomever wins, we’re all blessed to be considered.

Check Here to see the full Word Guild Awards Shortlist

Shortlisted Category:  Article – Inspirational/Devotional

Carolyn Arends of Surrey, B.C. for “Artful Discipleship” (Faith Today)
Daniel Blackwell of North York, Ont. for “Taking Off the Masks – The need for recovery groups in our churches” (Testimony Magazine)
Sherry Stahl of Leamington, Ont. for “The Women Of The Christmas Story – The Teenager” (http://sherrystahl.com/the-women-of-the-christmas-story-the-teenager/)

This post was also been featured on the #GraceandTruth #Linkup by Aimee Imbeau

Carolyn Arends is an amazing Christian Recording Artist that I’ve listened to for years.  She’s a very accomplished author, speaker, professor and Director of Education for Renovaré…Do you sleep Carolyn?  🙂   Daniel Blackwell is not to be mistaken for the Danny Blackwell of Maryland who shot at his wife for taking a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich!  And no, I’m not making that up, check it out for yourself in the Global News Report.  You just can’t make that stuff up 🙂  I believe that this Danny Blackwell is a guy I went to Bible College with but haven’t seen since my second year at E.P.B.C (now MCS).  I guess I’ll have to see at the Awards Gala!

In just one week Todd and I will be travelling to Toronto for the 2017 Word Guilds Award Gala and I’m even preparing a speech…just in case 🙂

Why don’t you join us for the Word Awards Gala?

Looking for a wonderful night out? Come join Todd and I at The Word Awards Gala on June 23, 2017. No matter who wins it’s going to be a great night celebrating some of Canada’s finest writers.  It’s the premier national event honouring Canadian writers who are Christian.  Awards will be presented for outstanding career achievement, the best novels, non-fiction books, articles, scripts, poems, and song lyrics published in 2016.

The evening will include a stand up reception, dinner, award presentations, and dessert social. Meet industry professionals, writing colleagues, fellow members of The Word Guild. Meet and support our best writers.

This is a black-tie event, so they’re requesting tuxedos or dark suits with ties for men, formal or semi-formal wear for women. (However, don’t let wardrobe concerns keep you away, especially if you’re packing light or coming from a distance; just wear your best outfit!) That last disclaImer is from the Word Guild Awards organizers, so don’t let the dress code stop you from joining us.


June 23, 2017
5-5980 Shawson Drive, Mississauga. Free parking is available.
Stand up Reception: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Awards Presentation: 7:30 pm
Dessert Soirée: 9:30

FULL GALA TICKET includes Stand up Reception, Black tie dinner, Awards Presentation and Dessert Soirée
GALA & DESSERT includes Awards Presentation and Dessert Soirée

Full Gala Ticket – $55 + HST
Gala & Dessert – $20 + HST
**After May 18th the prices will rise to $60 + HST and $25 + HST respectively.**
Full Gala Ticket – $60 + HST
Gala & Dessert – $25 + HST
**After May 18th the prices will rise to $65 + HST and $30 + HST respectively.**

For $100 + HST you can choose to become a Friend of the Awards.
This includes:

  • Listing in program and on TWG website (link to your own website)
  • Your name/ company listed in awards multi –media
  • One (1) Awards Gala ticket

Word Guild Awards Tickets

Monday MeditationsLaura J. Davis,
Cheerleaders of Faith #RARaLinkup – Kelly Balarie,
Coffee For Your HeartHolley Gerth, Word Nerd Wednesdays — Liz Giertz
Heart Encouragement ThursdayCrystal Storms, Chasing Community  Barbara Bradford Ottinger
Dance With Jesus LinkupSusan B. Mead, Grace and Truth LinkupArabah Joy, Counting My Blessings – Deb Wolf, Fresh Market FridayCrystal Twaddell


  1. Valerie Sisco says

    Congratulations Sherry! How exciting! You deserve to win — we’ll be cheering you on and waiting here to hear all about it! 🙂 xo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks Valerie 🙂

  2. Michele Morin says

    Yes, I saw the announcement on FB, and I’m not surprised.
    Blessings to you, Sherry, with whatever opportunities and life lessons this amazing season offers!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      That is a HUGE compliment coming from you!
      Much love,

  3. Sarah Koontz says

    Oh, congrats! Such fun. Wishing you all the best.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. Lisa notes says

    I agree; just being nominated is a great honor! Congratulations! You’re an artist with words and you bless many with them. Whether you win the final award or not, you’re definitely a winner already, Sherry.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks so much for your encouraging words. It really means a lot coming from someone like you!
      Praying you sense a refreshing from the Lord this week.

  5. Deanna says

    I can’t say I am too suprised. Your book Soul H2O is very well written. You will have a wonderful time and the fact that you have your name in there speaks highly about how many people you touch and impact with your words. So glad you are spreading Good News and Hope to so many of us. God Bless you Beautiful, Smart, Strong, Kind Woman!!! I bet John Maxwell is cheering for you too!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Your words have been so encouraging! I laughed at the last sentence. I so appreciate your words of affirmation. Praying you have a blessed day!

  6. nylse says

    Sincerest congratulations to you. Enjoy.

    Stopping by from #Coffeeforyourheart linkup

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks for stopping by Nylse 🙂 Thanks for your congrats.
      Praying that you feel blessed & refreshed today!

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