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Christian Book Award® | New Author Criteria

Category Description

This award is for books published as an author’s first book-length work in print with a domestic, commercial publishing house. (A prior self-published work is allowed.) Entries to this category will be judged in their category or genre. (For example, a new author’s first domestic, commercial publication of a nonfiction/Christian Living work will be judged within the Christian Living group, according to the nonfiction criteria.)

Note: A book may be entered in both the New Author category and the applicable genre category.


Judging Criteria

Given the inclusive nature of this category, the judging criteria from the appropriate category of genre (Bible Reference Works, Bible Study, Ministry Resources, Biography & Memoir, Christian Living, Faith & Culure, Devotion & Gift, Children's and Young People's Literature) should be referenced to view the six areas that will be judged for this New Author work. Please review the criteria for the category in which you will be entering the New Author's work and indicate the category on the New Author submission form:


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