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Announcing the 2020 SCWC Notable Book Awards

Awards will be given in four categories: 
Fiction (traditional publisher)
Nonfiction (traditional publisher)
Fiction (self-published)
Nonfiction (self-published)

The SCWC Notable Book Awards are debuting for 2020, with winners announced at the Southern Christian Book Expo in Birmingham in February.


1. Books must have been published in 2018 or 2019.

2. Books can be published through a traditional publisher or self-published, and don't have to be published by a religious publishing company. However, they MUST be inspirational and reflect a Christian worldview.

3. A submission fee of $10 must be sent along with the published book.

4. Deadline for entry is Dec. 10.

5. Three finalists will be announced in each category on Jan. 1.

6. The winner in each category will be announced at the Southern Christian Book Expo in Birmingham, Alabama.

7. Each winner will receive a small cash prize, free entry to the 2021 Book Expo, and promotional material announcing their Notable Book Award that can be used in any way.

8. Mail the book, entry fee, and the following form to SCWC, PO Box 3057, Hueytown, AL 35023.


Email address:

Phone number:

Book Title:


____ Fiction (traditional)

____ Nonfiction (traditional)

____ Fiction (self-published)

____ Nonfiction (self-published)

We can't wait to receive your entries, and look forward to honoring our inaugural SCWC Notable Book Award winners!


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.