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AWARDS 
& GRANTS
  The Conference on Christianity and Literature recognizes literary achievement in the form of awards given for lifetime achievement, best book in the field, and the Lionel Basney Award for best article published in Christianity & Literature. CCL also sponsors an annual student writing contest of essays, poems, and stories that address matters of Christian thought, experience, and practice.  

 

BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

Each year CCL awards a citation to the author of a work that "has contributed most to the dialogue between literature and the Christian faith." Occasionally, double awards are given, one for scholarship and another for belles lettres. The award is made at the annual MLA national meeting, which is held each year in early January.

See our Guidelines for more information about nominating a book for the award.

View recent Book of the Year Award recipients.

  

LIONEL BASNEY AWARD

The Lionel Basney Award is given annually to the article deemed by the CCL Publications Committee to be the most outstanding article of the year in Christianity & Literature. First presented in 2000, the award commemorates the scholarly career and personal character of Lionel Basney. During more than three decades of teaching at Houghton College and Calvin College, this exceptional teacher, scholar, poet, and essayist remained steadfastly committed to CCL and its vision of a dynamic Christian engagement with literature and culture.

View recent Lionel Basney Award recipients.

 
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

PURPOSE

To honor great artists and scholars who have enabled us to think more profoundly, more intelligently, more critically, and more self-critically about the relations between literature and Christian faith and practice. In honoring them, CCL affirms the value of the religious dimension in literature and scholarship and draws attention to the issues that guide the organization and its members' intellectual commitments.

CRITERIA

The recipient of the award will meet the following criteria:

Maturity/Productivity

1. Must have served the profession of letters for a substantial number of years;

2. Must have produced a significant and mature body of written work, whether theoretical, critical, or creative;

Professional recognition

3. Must be recognized and respected in the larger professional community for scholarship or creative writing;

Dialogue

4. Must have enriched the understanding of the relation of Christianity and literature;

5. Must have contributed significantly to the dialogue among Christian scholars and between Christian scholars and the secular community of professionals.

Religious witness

6. All other things being equal, special consideration will be given to candidates who are explicitly associated with a Christian or Jewish religious community.

PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION AND SELECTION

Any member of CCL may submit the name of a person to be considered for the award. All nominations are to be made in writing and submitted to the President no later than November 1. Each nomination should be accompanied by a brief letter of recommendation along with either a copy of the nominee's CV or an equivalent biographical sketch; the latter documents may be supplied in electronic form or as links to web sites containing the information. The CCL Board of Directors will consider the nominations and conclude the selection process at its annual meeting in early January. For a nominee to be selected for the award, that individual must receive an affirmative vote from at least 75% of the Board.

 
TRAVEL GRANTS
FOR SCHOLARS & WRITERS

This is a competitive fellowship program open to members of the Conference on Christianity and Literature who demonstrate a need to travel to undertake their research and writing. Grants may be used to support scholarly research that will lead to the publication of an article or book-length study. They may also be used to support the writing of creative works of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction.

The maximum grant for travel, research, and writing will be $2000 for 2016. The committee evaluating proposals may choose to award the entire amount to a single applicant or to divide the sum between two or more recipients.

The deadline for the submission of grant proposals is November 15, 2016.

To apply for a grant, please submit in electronic form (pdf or text file):

A cover sheet that includes your name and title, your postal address, email address, and phone number. In addition, the sheet should contain the title of your project and the location(s) to which you will travel to undertake it.

Along with the cover sheet, please include a clear, concise description of the work you propose to do. The proposal should contain the three following components:

1. A 1-2 page summary that highlights your goals and describes the significance of the work you intend to undertake. If you are planning to work on a scholarly project, please explain its significance by comparing your work to that of other scholars in your field and by indicating the importance of your research and writing to your own scholarly development. Should you be proposing to write a work of fiction or creative non-fiction, or a series of poems, please situate your project in relation to the work of other creative artists and within the context of your own previous work.

2. An updated c.v, including educational training, current and past academic appointments, scholarly or artistic publications, awards, and presentations.

3. A brief statement describing how the success of your project may be evaluated.

Applications must be no more than five pages in length, excluding the cover sheet; do not send additional materials.

Please send your electronic files as attachments to the following email address:

felch@calvin.edu 

Be sure to include the phrase “Travel Grant for Scholars and Writers” in the subject line of your message.

Award recipients will be notified in mid-late December 2016.

 
TRAVEL GRANTS
FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS 

The Conference on Christianity and Literature offers grants of up to $500 to help meet travel expenses and registration fees for graduate students who wish to attend regional CCL meetings. For more information, please click here.