The Realm Awards

The Realm Awards were created to recognize the most excellent speculative fiction written by Christian authors in the previous calendar year. The Realm Awards submission period runs each year from January 1 to January 21.

  • Science Fiction
  • Other (such as Steampunk or genre-mashups)
  • Fantasy
  • Supernatural
  • Paranormal
  • Horror
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Children’s
  • Debut

Genres are combined depending on the number of entries received. The winners of each genre (or category, in the event genres are combined) receive a certificate of honor at the Awards Banquet at the annual Realm Makers Conference.



Finalists that fall within the five highest scoring books, across all genres, will move on to the Book of the Year judging. The Book of the Year winner receives a commemorative award and a cash prize of $250.


Eligibility Criteria

Entries must have been published in at least one format (ebook, paperback, hardcover) in the previous calendar year—either traditionally or independently published. The earliest publication date of any format is used to determine eligibility.

Entries for adult fiction must exceed 60,000 words. YA fiction must exceed 50,000 words. Middle Grade fiction must exceed 20,000 words. There is no minimum for Children’s fiction.

Publishers and/or authors may submit books into the contest, but every author must agree with our Statement of Faith for their book to be considered for an award

Subsequent editions and/or republications are not eligible. This includes books that were independently published in a previous year but then published by a traditional publisher in the contest year. (The earliest publication date of any format is used to determine eligibility.)

Books can be entered in a maximum of 3 genres, but an entry fee must be paid for each submission. 

Entries must be speculative fiction published by a Christian author. This is, after all, why Realm Makers exists. Does that mean it must have an obvious Christian message? Absolutely not. It means the author agrees to our Statement of Faith. We’re looking for amazing speculative fiction written by Christians. That’s it.