Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books

The 2021 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 2021 Illumination Awards are open to all books written in English and published since January 1, 2019 (except Enduring Light entries). Entry fees start at an early-bird fee of $75, and the final deadline for entry is December 30, 2020. 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.

The 2020 Illumination Awards have been announced. Thank you to all our wonderful entrants for inspiring and challenging our judges. You can read the results here.


MAIL-IN ENTRY FORM                             ONLINE ENTRY FORM


Digital Media Category

This category is new for the 2021 Awards. Ebooks files can be uploaded after entering online or sent as a gift from the sales site of choice.  Audiobooks must be sent as a gift from the sales platform of choice, but these files cannot be uploaded.

Enduring Light Categories

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.


Congratulations to THE 2020 winners!

Click here to view the results of the seventh annual Illumination Awards contest, announced in January 2020.

Click here to view the medalists from past years.


Charitable Giving

A portion of the Illumination Awards entry fees will be donated to a worthy charitable organization each year. We have chosen to support the good works of Habitat for Humanity, “a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.”