A humorous story called “The haircut” garnered a first-place win for the MB Herald and its author, Dan Unrau, at this year’s Canadian Church Press (CCP) awards ceremony held in Winnipeg May 15.
Unrau is pastor of Fraserview MB Church in Richmond, B.C. His story of a rushed haircut that left a bald swath on his head just before he had to officiate at a wedding was described as “marvellous story-telling,” and “laugh-out-loud funny.” The judge also said, “I hope the author’s sermons are as engaging!”
“The haircut,” which appeared in the August 2008 issue, won in the narrative category.
In the poetry category, Ray Harris’ poem, “Yarrow cemetery,”received a third place award. The Herald and its letter writers of January and March 2008 got an honourable mention in the letters category.
The Herald also won 3 awards for 2008 design and content at the Evangelical Press Association convention in Indianapolis, Ind., May 6–8.
The magazine’s new look, implemented by designer Audrey Plew, placed third in the publication redesign category. “Upgraded paper and full-colour throughout makes a huge difference,” wrote the judge. “New logo feels more contemporary.”