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Welcome to the 2019 CPA Book Awards



This program is not open yet.  In the meantime,


please read program information below. Also, look


back for information on our 2019 programs


available to download  in August!!! 


CPA's awards programs allow Catholic journalists, authors, publishers, media professionals and students to showcase their hard work from the previous year.The CPA offers four annual contests. Please click the links for more details:


The Catholic Press Awards is a competition for eligible CPA members

The CPA Book Awards is for authors or publishers of Catholic books

The CPA Student Awards program for student publications

The Gabriel Awards program for broadcasters and filmmakers  


The CPA Book Awards allows publishers, authors, and book editors to present their work. The awards program helps promote outstanding Catholic material to the general public. CPA members and non-members alike may participate.

Winners are announced at the annual Catholic Media Conference and published in the June issue of the Catholic Journalist and in the winners gallery on our awards website. Award certificates are mailed from the CPA office after the conference ends.



Both CPA members and non-members may enter the CPA Book Awards. Publishers may submit any works published by their company. Authors may submit works of which they are the primary author or co-author. Editors may submit their own compilations or reference books.

Books submitted to the CPA Book Awards must have a copyright date of the previous year. For example, submission to the 2018 program must have a copyright date of 2017.



CPA members pay $36 per entry. Non-members pay $76 per entry.

CPA members must be in good standing by March 31 to receive the member discount. To check your membership status, call the CPA office at 312-380-6789.


Award Packets

The CPA Book Awards packet details the eligibility requirements, instructions for submission, and a full list of categories.

The 2019 Book awards packet will be available early fall. To view the 2018 Book Awards packet click the link below.

2018 Book Awards Packet 


Ready to Enter?

 The program is currently closed. Check back early august for updated information and a link to enter will be here when the program is live. 


Additional Questions?

contact Kathleen Holloway at

or call (312) 380-6789.

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