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.


Join us at the Realm Makers Awards Banquet to find out who won.

Eligibility Criteria

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

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

The entry fee is $35. 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 sub-genres)

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 and December 31 of the previous calendar year 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