NAF: Year Five

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve been at this blogging thing for five years now. Sometimes it seems like a lot longer. Sometimes it feels like we’re just getting started.

For those who are new to NAF, let me recap. This site is the brainchild of Keven Newsome. Here’s how he described the formation of New Authors Fellowship:

MLP SelectWhere did this come from?  Well, it emerged in the aftermath of the infamous Marcher Lord Select Contest held in the fall of 2009.  Several of our members are survivors of the contest.  Personally, it was that contest that finally brought me out of my shell and into the world of unpublished writers.  I began to make friends and see the importance of networking.  I also began to see the importance of blogging regularly.—Keven Newsome

He wasn’t the only one drawn out by that contest. That was the first time I really engaged with other writers in critiquing manuscripts. It was where I discovered that in a lot of ways, I’m better at editing other people’s manuscripts than I am at writing my own, which led to me leaving the newspaper business to be a freelance editor.

Five Candle On Cupcake for Anniversary

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Keven had the vision to see that seven writers on one blog could draw more readers than seven writers with seven blogs. When we all bonded together to create this thing, we had a dream, but no certainty that it would be as successful as it has been. Of our original founding members, three—Diane Graham, Paul Baines, and Keven—have had their books published. Three later members—Robynn Tolbert, Kat Heckenbach and Rebecca P. Minor—are also now published novelists.

Because of the work of our great Alumni and our current Featured Authors, New Authors Fellowship is an active force within this little microniche of Christian Speculative Fiction. This year, we’ve signed on as a sponsor of the Realm Makers conference, which is produced by Rebecca. And just last week, Avily Jerome produced one of the most-viewed posts we’ve ever had, examining The Great Christian Spec-Fic Debate, a conversation we in the microniche need to continue.

It’s my hope—and I believe Keven is with me on this—that NAF will continue to be a forum not only for discussing our faith and our fiction and how they intersect, but that it will be a platform for Christians who write speculative fiction to launch their careers while engaging with one another.


About Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. She's a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

2 comments on “NAF: Year Five

  1. I just stumbled upon New Authors Fellowship about a month ago, and I am glad I did. It is refreshing to finally meet authors who are like-minded. I belong to another Christian author’s group that I am finding less and less in common with, but not so here. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement!

  2. Happy anniversary and good job all of you.

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