Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books

The 2021 Illumination Book awards winners announced

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.




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.”