Dear Publisher,

Each year, Christianity Today honors a set of outstanding books encompassing a variety of subjects and genres. The CT Book Awards, along with our “Beautiful Orthodoxy” Book of the Year, will be announced in December at They also will be featured prominently in the January/February 2021 issue of CT and promoted in several CT newsletters. (In addition, publishers will have the opportunity to participate in a marketing promotion organized by CT’s marketing team, complete with site banners and paid Facebook promotion.)

Awards Categories:

1. Apologetics/Evangelism

2. Biblical Studies

3. Children and Youth

4. Christian Living/Discipleship

5. The Church/Pastoral Leadership

6. Culture and the Arts

7. Fiction

8. History/Biography

9. Missions/The Global Church

10. Politics and Public Life

11. Spiritual Formation

12. Theology/Ethics

13. CT Women*

14. The Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year**

*Learn more about CT Women.

**Beautiful Orthodoxy is the core philosophy guiding CT’s ministry. It describes a mission, across all our publications, to proclaim the truth, beauty, and goodness of the gospel in a gracious, non-antagonistic tone. Learn more about the cause of Beautiful Orthodoxy from former CT editor Mark Galli, in this essay and this interview .


To be eligible for nomination, a book must be published between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020. We are looking for scholarly and popular-level works, and everything in between. A diverse panel of scholars, pastors, and other informed readers will evaluate the books.

Publishers can nominate as many books as they wish, and each nominee can be submitted in multiple categories. To enter your nominations, you will fill out and submit a nomination form, listing each book you are nominating and the categories for whey they are nominated. You will also find information on entry fees and how to pay them, either by check or credit card. There is a $40 entry fee for each title submitted in each category. There are no refunds, so please make sure your nominations were published between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020.

(Note: CT Women and Beautiful Orthodoxy are special add-on categories. Books nominated in these categories must have first been nominated in one of the other main categories. They will be eligible to win more than once. The add-on fee is $20 for either CT Women or Beautiful Orthodoxy, or $40 for both.)

To submit the nomination form, please download it to your computer. After filling it out in Adobe Reader, hit the “Submit” button or save the file and email it as an attachment. If paying by check, please include a copy of your nomination form with the check.

As for the books themselves: In light of the current pandemic and the constraints it imposes, we are asking that publishers email PDF versions of books they wish to nominate, rather than mailing physical copies to Christianity Today.

Finalist Books:

If your book is chosen as one of the four finalists in any category, we will contact you and ask that you send a copy of the book directly to the four (or five) judges assigned to that category. Depending on certain pandemic-related factors, we might ask you to send physical copies or PDF versions. In either case, we will provide the pertinent email or mailing addresses for each judge.


The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Thank you!

-Christianity Today editors