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Realm Makers realizes that readers really do judge a book by its cover. How can we do any less?

The Parable Award is part of our mission to advocate for Christians who create science fiction and fantasy content. It exists to honor excellence in cover art designed for Christian authors of speculative fiction.

We seek to recognize book covers that strike a reader’s imagination before they’ve even opened the book. Covers with art so compelling that they call to the reader through the noise of all the published content available to them.

The Parable Award submission period runs every year from January 1 – January 21. Winners are announced at the Realm Makers Awards Banquet.

The cover design artist who created the winning cover will receive a commemorative plaque and a cash prize of $100.

Eligibility Criteria

Only books published between in the previous calendar year are eligible, whether traditionally published or independently published. Both e-books and printed editions qualify, but the earliest publication date of any format is used to determine eligibility. New covers for a subsequent edition of a previously-published book do not qualify.

The book must be speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, or any of their numerous sub-genres)

The book’s author must be a Christian, who agrees to the Realm Makers Statement of Faith.

The artists and/or author may enter any number of cover designs, but the entry fee must be paid for each submission.