Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books

The 2022 Illumination Book Awards are 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 2022 Illumination Awards are open to all books written in English and published since January 1, 2020 (Enduring Light entries excepted).

Due to an admin error, enjoy additional Early Bird savings until November 2nd before entry fees go up. Those entering with a check can also apply these savings. 




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Digital Media Category

This category is new. 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.

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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.


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.”