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Excellence in Publishing Awards
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The goal of the "Excellence in Publishing Awards" is to recognize the best in Catholic publishing.

We recognize the first, second, and third place winners in the following categories:

In addition, the "Resource of the Year" is selected from among the first-place winners in the above categories.

Cost: $195 per entry (ACP Members); $225 per entry (Non-ACP Members). Publishers may submit multiple books. Publishers who are Foundation Members at the time of submission will receive one free submission for every paid submission.

Entries may be submitted using the printed or online form.

Payment may also be submitted online: ACP Members or Non-ACP Members

How Many Books: Please send three (3) copies of each title that you are submitting.

Time Frame: The deadline for submitting books is Friday, January 27, 2018. Books must have a copyright date of the previous year. Finalists will be announced in late March. Winners will be announced at the end of May.

Judging
  • Each category will have a three-person judging panel.
  • Judges will come from former industry employees and professional associations, or are "practitioners” of ministry.
  • A special effort will be made towards ensuring as diverse a judging pool as possible.

Category Descriptions

Biography

Books in this category include biographies or autobiographies of Catholics whose work has made a valuable contribution to the Church and the world on a local level (through a ministry, e.g.) or a universal level (as a member of the Church’s hierarchy, e.g.) or whose example, teachings, or writings enrich Catholic spirituality and have had a wide-reaching influence.

Children’s Books

Children/Youth: Picture Books

Books in this category are primarily written for young children who are learning to read. These titles may cover specific aspects or general information about the Catholic faith, the Church, or Catholicism; will be heavily illustrated.

 

Children/Youth: Young Readers

Books in this category are primarily written for children from reading age to age 11. These titles may cover specific aspects or general information about the Catholic faith, the Church, or Catholicism. This category does not include resources for preparation for specific sacraments. (See Resources for Liturgy.)

 

Children/Youth: Teens

Books in this category are primarily written for youth between ages 12-18. These titles may provide instruction on specific aspects or general information about the Catholic faith, the Church, or Catholicism. These titles may include fiction or non-fiction with Catholic subject matter specifically directed to this age group. This category does not include resources for preparation for specific sacraments. (See Resources for Liturgy.)

 

General Interest

Books in this category include biographies, Church history, collections of essays by theologians or important Catholic thinkers; books related to papal encyclicals or other Church documents; books that instruct readers on specific aspects of the faith or provide general information about the Catholic faith, the Church, or other aspects of Catholicism; books that connect an element or theme from popular culture to prayer or faith; and books on a wide-ranging variety of topics, rooted in faith, such as books on death and dying from a Catholic perspective, parenting books, and so forth.

Inspirational

This category includes devotional, spiritual, and meditation books and books on saints, holy people, and stories related to people living their faith. Unlike books on similar subjects in the general interest category, books in this group are intended to provide readers with guidance and inspiration that can compel them to make positive changes in their lives that will draw them closer to their faith and to God.

Music

Music: Song of the Year

The award for "Song of the Year" honors liturgical compositions that address specified themes. For 2019, the theme is Social Justice. The text of the hymn or song must stand out among others for its theological depth, poetic beauty, and inspiration while the musical setting must be accessible, original, and reflect a seamless marriage with the text. Theme would vary by year. Possible future themes: Advent Song of the Year; Lenten Song of the Year, Psalm Setting of the Year, etc.

 

Music: Distinguished Mass Setting

The award for "Distinguished Mass Setting" honors a complete setting published in the past three years and intended for use in Roman Catholic liturgy. A "Distinguished Mass Setting" should have the flexibility to be used throughout the year, including Sundays, feast days, and other occasions. This setting should also be accessible to the entire parish music ministry.

 

Music: Distinguished Catholic Music Composer of the Year

The award for "Distinguished Composer of the Year" honors outstanding artistic achievement in the area of music composition for liturgy, worship, or personal prayer. This individual must be someone who has demonstrated excellence in the skill of music composition, have a body of work that reflects sound theology, and includes at least one composition published within the past 18-24 months.

Prayer

These books focus on formal or informal prayer, e.g., day-by-day reflection books, seasonal reflection books, devotionals and reflection aides.Examples include praying with Scripture, 365 days of prayers, praying with the saints, books on lectio divina, as well as books instruct in specific prayer practices like journaling or meditation.

 

Spirituality

 

These books are largely narrative in form and structured in chapters often along a specific theme. Examples include the works of authors like Richard Rohr, Julian of Bingen, or Thomas Merton.

 

Resources for Liturgy

This category includes any book that serves as a formation and preparation tools in parish or school ministry for sacrament preparation, liturgy, and worship. Examples of books and products in this category include Liturgy Training Publications’ Guide for Cantors, lector training resources, and sacramental preparation.

Resources for Ministry

This category includes any book that serves as a faith formation tool in parish ministry for catechesis (other than basal programs), adult faith formation, and for use in enrichment programs. Also included are resources for parish ministers. Examples of books and products in this category include Loyola’s The Catechist’s Toolbox, OSV’s Faith Fusion, and RCL’s Foundations in Faith RCIA program. Basal religion programs are excluded from this category.

Scripture

This category includes books about Scripture, whether scholarly treatments of particular books or collections of books of the Bible, in the vein of Raymond Brown’s An Introduction to the New Testament or Daniel Harrington’s Interpreting the New Testament. Books that provide guided meditations using Scripture or that follow a "praying with Scripture” format are excluded, as these would be a part of the prayer and spirituality category. Bibles are excluded from this category.

Spanish

This category includes books from any awards category (inspiration, biography, prayer and spirituality, etc.) originally published in Spanish for the U.S. market. Examples include Scripture study texts, biographies (of Hispanic or non-Hispanic figures), books on prayer or spiritual reflection, liturgy resources, and books for parish ministry.

Theology

This category includes books on the topic of Catholic theology, whether scholarly monographs or more popular treatments of theological aspects of Catholic teaching on, for example, the sacraments, the nature of the Church, etc. Books that are more specifically catechetical in nature belong more properly in the "Resources for Ministry” category or basal curriculum category.

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