The 2017 Illumination Book Awards are Now Open!

With the motto, “Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books,” the Illumination Book Awards are designed to honor the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.

The 2017 Illumination Awards are open to all books written in English and published since January 1, 2015. Entry fees start at an early-bird fee of $75, and the deadline for entry is November 19, 2016. Entering the Illumination Awards is fast and convenient, and winning an award brings attention to the book and leads to publicity, reviews, and higher sales.

Enduring Light Medals

As most book award contests recognize only titles released during the previous calendar year or two, we’ve created the Enduring Light medals to reward exemplary Christian-themed books published since the year 2000. These medals are presented to books with enduring messages in five categories: Christian Thought; Devotional; Inspirational; Christian Fiction; and Christian Children’s Book. Entry fees are the same as in regular categories, and two judging copies are requested.

Click here to to download the 2017 Illumination Awards guidelines as a PDF document (89 KB).

Congratulations to past winners!

Click here to view the results of the third annual Illumination Awards contest, announced on January 10, 2016. A total of 78 medalists were chosen from nearly 500 entries.

Click here to view the 2015 Awards medalist results.

Click here to view the 2014 Awards medalist results.

Charitable Giving

Habitat for Humanity logoA portion of the Illumination Awards entry fees will be donated to a worthy charitable organization each year. For 2017, we’ve again chosen Habitat for Humanity, “a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.”