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STEP ONE:  Review timeline for 2021 program

  • September 1-30: Submission period for titles published between October 2019 and October 2020
  • October 1: Copy of entered titles to be received by ECPA
  • November: Books shipped to judges by Spring Arbor
  • March 31, 2021: Finalists announced
  • May 4, 2021: Winners announced


STEP TWO:  Review category descriptions 

Submissions are accepted in twelve categories. Click on the following links to view descriptions and judging criteria for each category you're entering:


STEP THREE:  Review program rules

Please carefully read through the Christian Book Award® Program Rules (linked here) for complete eligibility, fees, and submission information.


STEP FOUR:  Submit your entries

Each category has a separate submission form. They are listed and accessed here.  You will be required to sign-in with your ECPA member profile credentials to access this page.


STEP FIVE:  Make payment

ECPA voting members and small press associates in good standing are eligible to submit titles. Fees are based on the submitting company's annual sales volume and is detailed in the program rules.  You will be contacted by ECPA with payment instructions after you have completed your submissions.


STEP SIX: Send a copy of each submitted title

Please ship one copy of each submitted title to the ECPA offices at the address listed in the program rules.  Digital-first, digital-only and audio entries can be emailed according to instructions in program rulesOur program distributor, Spring Arbor will drop ship copies of each entry to program judges. You will not need to send copies to them as they keep them in stock. You will be invoiced separately by the distributor for those review copies.



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