2024 ICBA AWARDS
Inscriptions Christian Book Awards
ICBA Application Guidelines
The "ICBA" Awards were created due to the lack of Christian Book Awards available in the book industry.
Submissions are open to all members of the Christian Publishing Industry--including authors, and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English.
ONLY CHRISTIAN BOOK SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED and REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR NON-CHRISTIAN BOOK SUBMISSIONS.
We consider any religion that believes in God (Trinity) a valid religion. We have had many questions regarding Catholic applications--of course, they are welcome!
ICBA Awards are for Adult and Young Adult Christian fiction and non-fiction. If you write picture books, middle grade books, or other children's books, please apply for an ABC Award instead HERE!
WHO MAY ENTER
Independent Christian publishers, Independent Publisher who publish all books, including Christian books, Christian university presses, Christian self-publishers and any Christian authors throughout North America, as well as overseas publishers and authors who publish Christian books intended for an English-speaking audience are eligible. Authors are welcome to enter their books themselves--we also take nominations. Nominations and self-submitters use the same form.
Applicants are to choose the category in which they are to be judged.
$60/per title per category entry fee.
For example, for 1 title and 2 categories, you would send 2 books of the same title and 2 entry fees.. For 1 title and 1 category, you would send 1 book and 1 entry fee.
Submission for more than one category is acceptable, but each requires a fee. Per title, per category.
When entering a title into more than one category, please pay a fee and send a copy of the book for each category entered.
Multiple entries can be sent in one shipment, and entry fees paid by check or money order can be combined into one check amount. Acceptance of submission depends on validity of check and any check fees will be paid by the applicant. If you pay online please enter confirmation (order 3) on form and submit with book.
Please include completed entry form or online registration receipt in the same package as the books.
Note: Due to new banking policies, we only accept personal checks from outside the United States that are drawn from a U.S. currency account and have U.S. DOLLARS permanently printed on the check or money order. MAKE CHECKS/MONEY ORDERS PAYABLE TO: INSCRIPTIONS
WHAT TO SEND
Send one copy of the book for each category entered with the entry for tucked inside the front cover. If you paid online, make sure to write order # on the form so we don't look for a check. For example, when you enter two categories, please send 2 books. You will have the option to upload electronic submissions after you pay online and in a confirmation email. All books entered become the physical property of Inscriptions Books and will eventually be donated to libraries and charities. We accept e-books, too. email them to: email@example.com and pay online through the application process.
Please send Audiobook entries as gifts from Libro to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW WE COMMUNICATE
We will send a confirmation email upon receiving your payment and another upon receiving your books. We send correspondence to the email address listed in your entry, as well as any judging updates, and the final results announcement. Please add these email addresses to your contacts: andrea[at]inscriptionsbooks.com and inscriptionsbooks[at]gmail.com in order to receive our updates. Please make sure contact info is the address at which you would like to receive updates and announcements.
All entries must be posted online or postmarked by the final deadline of October 20, 2023.
Three medalists *per category will be named on January 19, 2024
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Each announced medal-winning book will receive a packet containing a personalized award certificate, a custom gold, silver or bronze medal, and 20 foil seals. (more seals can be re-ordered.)
Related publicity includes a front page highlight on inscriptionsbooks.com, a free book review, social media congratulations posts on all inscriptions books pages (Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook), an HTML winners seal for their website, and all winners will also be chosen for staff picks at Inscriptionsbooks.com.
Andrea Comparato, Awards Director
ICBA judging is based on quality of content, originality, design, and production with an emphasis on Christian-based content.
Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of design, editing, bookselling ,reviewing, book content, social work, and of course, Christianity.
Judges will give numerical ratings in each of these six criteria:
We look at the front, the back and the inside. Is this appealing to a Christian Reader?
Cover design, Description, and front & back typeface – does the cover make you want to look inside?
Interior layout, typeface, illustrations – is it an easy to read format? is it appealing to the eye?
Is this a copycat new version of an already published book or is it original and unique?
USE OF LANGUAGE
Story outline / information outline for non-fiction. Does it flow? Is there a professional formation of writing? Is it grammatically correct with smooth flowing readability?
Does the book description and cover match the actual book?
Is the book pertinent to Christian Life in our present time? Is this a message that should be heard and does it match God's Commandments?
CATEGORIES FOR SUBMISSION:
Adult Christian Fiction (Readers age 18+)
Adult Christian Non-Fiction (Readers age 18+)
Young Adult Christian Fiction (Reader age 14+)
Young Adult Christian Non-Fiction (Reader age 14+)
MAIL BOOKS to:
ICBA Awards Director
3001 Shelley Lynn Dr.
Arnold, MO 63010
TUCK THIS COMPLETED APPLICATION (PRINT HERE) INTO BOOK WITH PAYMENT, IF YOU DID NOT APPLY ONLINE. APPLY ONLINE AND SENDING A BOOK? TUCK IN PAID RECEIPT/APPLICATION.
email books to:
Have Libro? Gift a book to: email@example.com
2023 ICBA AWARD WINNER LIST:
PLEASE DO NOT CALL FOR A STATUS ON YOUR SUBMISSION. ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED JANUARY19, 2024
NO REFUNDS OR ENTRY WITHDRAWALS