Welcome to the CMA Book Awards Information Page

The Catholic Media Association Book Awards honors the remarkable efforts of authors, publishers, and editors who have made significant contributions to the Catholic literary landscape.

Each year, the Catholic Media Association recognizes and rewards outstanding works that resonate with Catholic values, promote faith, and inspire reflection and understanding. The awards spotlight various genres, from theology and spirituality to historical accounts, children’s literature, and more, appreciating the diversity and richness within Catholic writing.

Beyond acknowledgment, the award winners enjoy heightened visibility, amplified by features on various platforms including our website and social media channels.

This year, we are excited to introduce several new categories, including lifestyle and coffee table books, among others.

Winners will be revealed at the Catholic Media Conference, scheduled for June 18-21, 2024, in Atlanta. Celebrate your success as we highlight winning entries on the CMA website and various social media platforms.

Join us in acknowledging the profound impact of literature in enriching faith. Submit your work and be part of this significant and cherished tradition.


2024 CMA Book Awards Program


Key Dates

  • Open Submission Period: Nov. 1, 2023 - Jan. 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CT 
  • Extension Period: Feb. 1-7, 2024 at 11:59 am CT
  • Hard Copy Materials Due: Feb. 7, 2024
  • Payment Deadline: Feb. 9, 2024

Entry Fees

  • CMA Members - $38 per entry during Open Submission Period, $48 during Extension Period
  • Non-Members - $79 per entry during Open Submission Period, $89 during Extension Period

Category Listing

Download the CMA Book Awards packet, which specifies eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and a full category list.

All Entries Require:

  • Entry information and book cover image submitted through the online application.
  • Books must be shipped to the CMA Office: Catholic Media Association, 10 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 875, Chicago, IL 60606
  • Each submission requires two copies of the book mailed to the CMA office. If you are submitting a series, you must send in two copies of each volume.
  • Each book shipped MUST have an affixed label to be considered.
  • If you are shipping directly from the distribution center, we must know from where the entries are coming and what invoice.

To Label Your Entries:

  • Print the labels on the last page of the packet. Fill out all information, cut out labels, and affix labels to each of the hard copy submissions.
  • Affix a label to the outside cover (front) of every book. Books without labels may be disqualified.



Book judges include editors, authors, academics, and professionals familiar with Catholic publishing.