Excellence in Editing Award

EIE, Takes a Team__2020__

The 2021 EIE Award contest is OPEN!

It takes a team to produce a well-written and well-edited book! And because the Christian Editor Connection wants to honor the teams behind such books, we are proud to announce our sixth annual Excellence in Editing Award.

This award celebrates newly released books that are superbly written, well edited, and published by a CBA publisher or self-published by a Christian author.

The CEC Excellence in Editing Award is open to books published in hardcover or paperback in 2020. Books must be written in English, have been released in North America, and contain a Christian worldview.

The publication teams (authors, editors, publishers) behind the EIE award-winning books will be honored for their dedication and work and may mention this honor in their marketing, promotion, and publicity. The most valuable aspect of the award is its use as a book sales stimulator.

Judging will be based on organization of content, flow, clarity, tight writing, accuracy, consistency, lack of typos, and proper use of industry-standard guidelines for punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling. Our judging panel includes CEC members in good standing who are established, professional freelance editors currently working in the Christian publishing industry. (Editors will not be allowed to judge any books they have worked on or any books written by authors they have worked with.) Ghostwritten books are not eligible.


Editors, authors, agents, and publishers may submit more than one book, in the same genres or different ones, but an entry fee is charged for each book entered. A pdf of the book must be submitted (not an ebook) along with a pdf or jpg of its front and back covers.

Do not send marketing kits, reviews, or other supporting material, as our judges are not allowed to see anything but the book itself.

By entering this contest, the author, agent, or publisher asserts that he or she agrees with the Statement of Faith on the Christian Editor Connection website.

To enter:

  1. Complete the entry form (available here).
  2. Upload a pdf of the book (and a pdf or jpg of its covers) on the entry form OR email these to admin@ChristianEditor.com.
  3. Entry fee must be paid via PayPal (US currency only) within 10 business days of submitting the entry.
    If paid before October 15, 2020, entry fee is $35. Use this link: https://www.paypal.me/christianeditor/35.
    If paid after October 15, 2020, entry fee is $45. Use this link: https://www.paypal.me/christianeditor/45.
  4. All entries must be received by midnight, December 31, 2020.
  5. Entries will be confirmed via email.
  6. Finalists will be announced via social media in April 2021, then notified by email and posted on the CEC website. Winners will be announced in May at PENCON and via social media, then notified by email and posted on the CEC website.

Please contact us with any questions.