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Christian Screenwrite Announces Winners of Sixth Annual Contest

Sudanese Drama Wins First Place

Contact: LaVonne McIver James, Christian Screenwrite, 201-306-5093, Lavonne@christianscreenwrite.com

NEWARK, NJ, Nov. 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christian Screenwrite (www.christianscreenwrite.com) has announced the winners of its 2008 Christian screenwriting competition. Winners receive cash awards and passes to the WYSIWYG Film Festival, an internationally recognized event for wholesome, family cinema entertainment. In addition, each winning script will be read by Reel Frog Films (www.imdb.com/company/co0123758/), producers of the upcoming film, THE BOOK OF RUTH: JOURNEY OF FAITH, distributed by Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Jomo Merritt won first place for his drama, JOURNAL OF A DINKA BOY, that chronicles a young Sudanese boy and his brothers' road to survival after their tribe is decimated. Joe Crouch of Los Angeles won second place for CROSS OF THE SAVAGE, about a man who loses his child in an Indian ambush, only to face him in battle years later. Michael Hogan of Conifer, Colorado took third place honors for his script, HELL a dramatic account of a heart surgeon's atypical near-death experience which lands him in hell and ultimately transforms him from life saver to soul saver.

"I am super excited about winning the 2008 Christian Screenwrite contest, an amazing screenwriting contest that does an outstanding job in promoting the importance of moral and Christian principles within the film community," said Merritt.

"I must admit that this win was really a dream come true for me. Four years ago, I came across this contest, and I would actually dream about becoming the winner someday. It never dawned on me that God would actually bring this to pass."

According to Merritt, "this win has proven the scripture in Ephesians 3:20-21 that reads; Now unto Him Who is able above all things to do exceedingly abundantly above beyond all that we ask or think."

"These were such great scripts," said LaVonne McIver-James, founder of Christian Screenwrite. "We're excited to be a part of what God is doing in the Christian screenwriting community, and we will continue to promote and recognize outstanding Christian scripts."

The 2009 Christian Screenwrite contest will offer for the first time in-depth coverage and story analysis for scripts entered, according to McIver. In addition, McIver plans to add a message board and a chat room to the site providing an e-community for Christian Screenwriters.

To read interviews with winners, please visit, www.christianscreenwrite.com. To act as a sponsor, please contact, lavonne@christianscreenwrite.com.

About Christian Screenwrite
Christian Screenwrite is a contest that fosters and promotes awareness of Christian screenplays with the objective of utilizing the medium of film to spread the principles of forgiveness, faith, redemption and love that Jesus Christ demonstrated and taught, to both Christians and non-Christians. The contest was founded in 2003 by LaVonne McIver James, CEO, Favor Entertainment (
www.favorentertainment.com).