BALTIMORE, MD — The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Excellence in Publishing Awards. A record number of titles—almost 15% increase—were submitted during the pandemic-impacted publishing year.
First, second, and third place honors were awarded to publishers and authors of the best Catholic content in 14 categories—Biography, Children’s Books: Young Readers, Children’s Books: Picture Books, General Interest, Inspirational, Music: Distinguished Mass Setting, Music: Song of the Year, Prayer, Resources for Liturgy, Resources for Ministry, Scripture, Spanish, Spirituality, and Theology. First place only is awarded in categories where there was a small number of entries.
The Resource of the Year Award will be determined by a separate panel of judges from among the 14 first place winners and announced later this summer.
This year’s award winners had four notable standouts.
- Ave Maria Press swept all three places in the Prayer category.
- Music publisher OCP earned four places including two winners in non-music categories.
- Author Stephen Binz received three of the four places awarded in the Scripture category.
- My First Interactive Mass Book (Children’s Books: Picture Book) and Wanderlight (Resources for Ministry) were the first interactive titles to win.
The 2021 award winners were produced by 15 different publishers with the 17 first place winners published by 11 different publishers. Ave Maria Press and Liturgical Press came away with 7 winning titles in 4 different categories each. Loyola Press earned winners in the most number of categories—five.
The winners by category are:
Children’s Books: Picture Books
Children’s Books: Young Readers
Music: 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.
CORRECTION: One of the music categories were inaccurately reported when the finalists were announced. Misa Luna (Peter Kolar, World Library Publications) and Misa San Juan Bautista (Damaris Thillet y Diego Correa, OCP) should have been reported as finalists for the “Music: Distinguished Mass Setting” category.
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