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Professional writing student receives Editor’s Choice Award

  • By: Meredith Sell
  • Published: Jun 23, 2015 4:15PM

In recognition of his perseverance and potential as a writer, Taylor University professional writing major Luke Wildman has received the Editor's Choice Award from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

As recipient of the award, Wildman will work with a Lighthouse editor on a full edit of his book manuscript and have the option of publishing with Brimstone Fiction, Lighthouse’s speculative fiction imprint, or submitting his manuscript elsewhere.

The award was given at the final banquet of Write to Publish, the nation’s largest Christian writers conference. Wildman was one of several professional writing students who received scholarships from the professional writing department to attend.

In pursuit of the award, Wildman met one-on-one with an editor from Lighthouse to pitch his book, which he describes as “a mystery thriller in a fantasy setting.” He also participated in the same editor’s critique group, a session where multiple attendees read their work and received feedback from the group.

Wildman began working on his book as a freshman at Taylor and has completed several drafts since. He prepared for Write to Publish by researching the various editors and literary agents who would be present—a tactic he learned through various projects for professional writing classes.

“The professional writing program in general is really, really great preparation for learning what needs to be done to get things published,” Wildman said.