Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Enter?

Entry into the Illumination Book Awards is fast and convenient, either through our online entry site or by printable entry form. Online entry requires using a credit card and printing out entry coupon and mailing labels; use the printable mail-in entry form below to pay by check or money order in U.S. funds. Visit the online entry site here.

Who can enter?

Authors and publishers around the world who publish English-language books appropriate for the North American market may enter. Books with 2015-2017 copyright, or that were released since January 1, 2015 are eligible in all categories; books released since January 1, 2000 are eligible in the Enduring Light Medal categories.

What does it cost?

Early-bird entry fee is $75 per title, per category until the first early-bird deadline, $85 during the second early-bird period, and then $95 until the final deadline. Enter one book in one category for a single entry fee; enter one book in two categories, pay two entry fees. (Sorry, no discounts for multiple title or multiple category entries.)

What do the winners receive?

Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded in each category. Each medal-winning book receives a packet including the medal, a certificate, 20 foil award seals, and awards marketing material. The award is designed as a marketing tool, so we hope the most valuable aspect of the award is in its promotional value and as a book sales stimulator.

What do I send in my entry package?

Please send two copies for each category entered. When entering a title in two categories, send four copies; entering three categories, send six copies, etc. Please include your online registration receipt or a completed entry form and check/money order in the same package as the books, preferably tucked inside the front cover. You need not send any marketing kits, reviews or any other supporting material, as our judges are not allowed to see anything but the book itself.

How are books judged?

Judging will be based on content, design, and production quality, with emphasis on innovation and creative ways of expressing a Christian world view. Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of education, clergy, book production and bookselling. Three to five medalists per category will be named about 60 days after the final entry deadline.

How do I find out if I won?

We will confirm your entry via email and send judging updates and results announcements by email as well, so submission of a valid email address is mandatory. Please inform us of any email address changes or additional contacts you’d like added to our contest update list.

Questions? Email Jim Barnes, Awards Director — 1.800.706.4636 x1011 — or use our Contact Page.