Realm Makers exists to advocate for Christians who create science fiction and fantasy content, and this includes books, paintings, and more. The Parable Award is our way of honoring excellence in cover design.




Eligibility Criteria


The contest opens on January 1, 2017. Entries will be accepted for three weeks.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 21, at 12 midnight (EST).

The entry fee is $25. Artists and authors may enter any number of cover designs, but the entry fee must be paid for each submission.

The illustrator who is responsible for the winning cover will receive a commemorative plaque and a cash prize of $100.

The book must be in a speculative genre (sci-fi, fantasy, or any of their numerous subgenres)

The book must have been written by a Christian author, who agrees to the Realm Makers Statement of Faith.

Only books published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 are eligible, whether traditionally published and independently published. Both e-books and printed editions qualify.

  • New covers for a subsequent edition of a previously-published book do not qualify.

To enter, complete the online form, submit payment, and upload the image file (300dpi or equivalent resolution). File types accepted: .jpeg, .png and .pdf