The internationals young writer program of Press Service International (PSI) with Christian Today commences on Monday, 16 January.
Moreover, Emma Seabrook the new internationals editor from Melbourne (Gippsland) is an Australian young writer and attended One Day in Melbourne in April last year.
As way back as 2012 the PSI young writer program included young writers overseas and in 2014 there were enough such young writers for them to be established in their own separate week.
The internationals in 2017 are retained as Week 1 of the Cycle system mainly because it is winter in the northern hemisphere. We 'down under' are in the midst of the summer break - it has little effect on the internationals (not summer holidays). We have have a full quiver of internationals for 2017.
Basil Sellers Awards
The international young writers are part of the annual awards and have been included since 2015 -
2015 Basil Sellers
Genevieve Wilson - Canada
Paul Lewis – West Indies
Outstanding writer - Charis Jackson
As there was 1 point difference between the drawn 1st place (Genevieve and Paul) and 2nd place, Charis Jackson, an Outstanding award was struck.
2016 Basil Sellers
Andrew Sinclair - Christchurch
Andrew was reading Theology at the Sydney Missionary Bible College in Sydney and did not fit into the residential New Zealand list and as an international student was placed into the internationals list. This has changed for 2017.
2017 International Panellists
Vic Matthews - Moruya
Euan McDonald - Brisbane
Nathanael Yates - Perth
Daniel Stott - Melbourne
Deidre Tronson - Sydney
Danielle Stott - 2014 Australian Basil Sellers winner
The panellists mark each international young writer article over the first 'five Cycles' of the program, that is January to July. The policy is to try and find former or current young writers as Panellists, three are in this group, Daniel, Nathanael and Danielle.
The young writer program welcomes additional Australian (18-30) enquiries in becoming Australian young writers – email@example.com 0419 917 713.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html