The next two contenders for the Best of the Best are names that should be familiar to you. One has already won the coveted crown (2008) and one was a runner-up in the 2009 Page Turner contest. Is it any wonder they are in the running this year for Best of the Best?

Jan is a Christian who has journeyed through grief, loss, and depression by God’s faithfulness and grace. She has been married for over thirty years to her prince, and they have two adult daughters. Teaching is the family business–Jan has recently retired from teaching English to high school students with learning disabilities, and both daughters are also teachers. A terrible accident in her youngest daughter’s late teens was the event that sent Jan into depression, as the family dealt with the emotional and physical difficulty of living with a loved one with a spinal cord injury. Thanks be to God–who has graced the entire family with emotional and spiritual healing. She enjoys playing piano, reading, sparring with the cat, and all things chocolate. Jan has recently started a proofreading and publishing business; you can find it at 

Interview with Jan

Jan’s FaithWriters profile

#1 Challenge entries:


Lisa is wife to Sam and mother to Madeline, Spencer, and Katalina–who she just finished homeschooling. Whew! Now, Lisa is in transition, able to teach ESL part-time and write more. She is looking forward to seeing what the Lord has planned for this next phase of life. Lisa is grateful for all the support and encouragement given to her at FW and strives to give in return.

Access all of Lisa’s Challenge entries through her FaithWriters Profile

Challenge entries in the running so far:

Congrats to Jan and Lisa for their winning entries!

Next week, we take a break from the Best of the Best contenders to bring you some Member Shoutouts! If you have any exciting writing news you’d like to share, please email it to: [email protected]

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