ACP Announces the Winners of the 2022 Excellence in Publishing Awards
Resource of the Year to be given out in late Summer.
BALTIMORE, MD — The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Excellence in Publishing Awards. For the first time, we have awards for all 16 categories including all three children’s and music categories.
First, second, and third place honors were awarded to publishers and authors of the best Catholic content in the following categories—Biography, Children’s Books: Young Readers, Children’s Books: Picture Books, Children’s Books: Teens, General Interest, Inspirational, Music: Distinguished Catholic Composer, Music: Song of the Year, Prayer, Resources for Liturgy, Resources for Ministry, Scripture, Spanish, Spirituality, and Theology. Only first place was awarded for the Music: Distinguished Mass Setting category because of the limited number of entries.
The Resource of the Year Award will be determined by a separate panel of judges from among the 16 first place winners and announced later this summer.
This year’s award winners were notable in these four ways.
- Five winning books touch on current cultural or political topics—racism, immigration, President Biden.
- Music publisher OCP swept the “Song of the Year” category.
- Two books were authored by married couples.
- A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, Revised Edition, by Dr. Edward Sri from Ascension won awards in two categories, “Resources for Liturgy” and “Resources for Ministry.”
The 48 award winners were produced by 14 different publishers with the 19 first place winners published by 11 different publishers. Ascension (8) and OSV (7) took the largest number of total awards. Five publishers—Ave Maria Press, Liturgy Training Publications, Loyola Press, Orbis Books, and Pauline Books & Media—each claimed 4 prize winners with OCP taking 5.
The winners by category are:
Children's Books: Picture Book
Children's Books: Teens
Children's Books: Young Readers
Music: Distinguished Catholic Music Composer of the Year
Music: Distinguished Mass Setting
Music: Song of the Year
Resources for Liturgy
Resources for Ministry
Each category was judged by a three-person panel, which reviewed and evaluated the entries. A brief explanation of each category can be found at https://www.catholicpublishers.org/Excellence-in-Publishing-Awards
The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is a membership organization of Catholic publishers, those who provide services to Catholic publishers, and individuals who work with Catholic publishers. The ACP provides opportunities for members to further the Catholic publishing industry, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with, including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.