The 2021 SCWC Notable Book Awards

The 2nd annual SCWC Notable Book Awards will be honored in February, 2021 at the Southern Christian Writers Conference Book Expo Award Ceremony and will recognize outstanding books from the previous year in fiction and nonfiction that have been traditionally and self published. Three finalists in each category will be announced on Jan. 15.

The contest is now officially OPEN, with the deadline for submission is Dec. 10.


1. Books must have been published in 2020.

2. Books don't have to be published by a religious publisher, but they should be inspirational and reflect a Christian mindset.

3. Books can be entered in any of these categories: Fiction (traditionally published), Fiction (self-published), Nonfiction (traditionally published), and Nonfiction (self-published). Books can be geared toward any audience (adult, young adult, children).

4. A submission fee of $15 must be included with each entry. (Can be paid by Venmo payment app to @SCWC-Conference; by credit or debit card; or by check.)

5. Contest is open to all authors (no requirement to have attended SCWC events).

6. The winners will receive a small cash prize, free entry to the 2022 Book Expo, and promotional material announcing their Notable Book Award win to use as they like.

Mail your book, entry fee (if paying by check), and the following information to SCWC, PO Box 3057, Hueytown AL 35023. 

Email address:
Phone number:
Category entering:

A committee of judges decides the winners on the following criteria:  (1) writing quality, and (2) meaningful message.

GOOD LUCK, and we can't wait to receive your entries.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 SCWC Notable Book Awards! The winners were announced at the Southern Christian Book Expo on Sat., Feb. 1 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The finalists are below, with the winners in bolded:

Fiction, Traditionally-Published

Mind of Mine, by C.F.E. Black (Illuminate YA)

* Murder in the Family, by Ramona Richards (Firefly Southern Fiction)

Off-Script Over-Caffeinated, by Kaley and Rhonda Rhea (Bold Vision Books)

Fiction, Self-Published

* The Girl I Left Behind, by Stephanie Bain

The Rescue, by Tanya Eavenson

Dark Days on the Fairest Isle, by Judith Nembhard

Nonfiction, Traditionally-Published

* The Ground Kisser, by Thang Du'o'ng Boyer with Lisa Worthey Smith (Winged Publications)

The Wayward Way, by Taylor Field (New Hope Publishers)

Life-Giving Choices, by Lucinda Secrest McDowell (New Hope Publishers)

Nonfiction, Self-Published

Because of Whose I am: A Nazi's Daughter, by Helga Allison with Kathleen Jones

* [Un]Intentional, by Doug Smith

God's Extravagant Grace for Extraordinary Grief, by Lettie K. Whisman


And CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the 2019 SCWC Writing Contest, announced at the annual SCWC workshop in June:


Short Story (fiction)

1. Bettie Boswell (Bowling Green, Ohio): “Fred’s Gift,” From the Lake to the River (book anthology)


1. Rita Moritz (Pell City, Ala.): “And Then the Morning,” Cullman (Ala.) Tribune 

2. Harry Moritz (Pell City, Ala.): “Dark Dreadful December,” Cullman (Ala.) Tribune 

Newspaper Article

1. Shirley Crowder (Birmingham, Ala.): “Have you danced with the flowers lately?” Gadsden (Ala.) Times

2. Jan White (Andalusia): “Acts of forgiveness in aftermath of genocide,” The Star-News (Andalusia, Ala.)

3. Alan Johnston (Chattanooga, Tenn.): “Adjusting to life with dementia,” The Alabama Baptist 

HM. Rita Moritz (Pell City, Ala.): “Toni Bowling — fighting the battle,” St. Clair News-Aegis (Pell City)

Magazine Article  

1. Joy Lucius (Belden, Miss.): “Remember the prisoners, as Though in Prison with Them,” AFA Journal

2. Anne Reed (Tupelo, Miss.): “Jews help Christians help Muslims,” AFA Journal

3. Mary Claire Branton (Roswell, Ga.): “Calling Young Writers,” Parents and Kids magazine

HM. Robert Youngblood (Tupelo, Miss.): “The war within,” AFA Journal

First-place winners won cash prizes; other winners received a certificate of recognition.

We had the largest-ever amount of submissions, and the winners were wonderful. 

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