The Christian Editor Connection and Realm Makers are partnering together to offer a special Excellence in Editing Award to those authors with speculative books published in 2016.

This award celebrates books released in 2016 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 speculative books published in hardcover or paperback in 2016 only. Books must be written in English, have been released in North America, and contain a Christian worldview.


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.)


The winner(s) of the Realm Makers’s EIE Award will be announced by Kathy Ide at the Realm Makers Conference in Atlantis Casino Resort, Reno, NV, July 27–29, 2017.


The author of each winning book will receive a plaque and twenty award seals (to place on copies of the book for book signings and giveaways). Winners will also receive a complimentary one-hour critique (on their current works in progress) with a professional editor who specializes in speculative editing. If the book has two coauthors, each author will receive identical prizes. If the author wishes to acknowledge the assistance of a freelance editor who contributed to the quality of the book, that editor will also receive a plaque and twenty award seals. (Additional seals may be purchased from CEC.) Ghostwritten books are not eligible.


Winners of the CEC Excellence in Editing Award 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.



Authors, agents, and publishers may submit more than one book, but an entry fee is charged for each book entered. You must submit two print copies of each title. E-books are also acceptable (e-mail them to


All books submitted will become the property of CEC. Do not send any marketing kits, reviews, or any 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 assert 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. Mail two copies of the book to: EIE Award, 11161 E. SR 70, Suite 110–205, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 OR e-mail one file of an e-book to (An electric copy is preferred.)
  3. Entrance fee of $25.00 (US currency only) must be submitted with the copies of the book(s). Fees must be paid by check, payable to Christian Editor Connection.
  4. All entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2017.
  5. All entries will be confirmed via e-mail.


Winners will be announced at the Realm Makers Conference (July 27–29, 2017) and posted on the CEC and Realm Makers website.


To view last year’s winners, visit