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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, the Margaret Patterson Hannay Service Award, and the Lionel Basney Award for the best article published each year in Christianity & Literature.  

 

BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

The award committee for the 2019 Book-of-the-Year Award will consider entries from the following genres:

1) Literary criticism

2) Biography

Please note that neither novels or poetry collections, nor new editions or translations, nor reference volumes or encyclopedias, nor juvenile or young adult titles, are eligible for the award.

Publishers, not authors, initiate all submissions; and publishers may nominate any number of eligible books. Please note that any creative work published during the last two-year period will be eligible for the award.  As a rule, to be considered for the 2019 award, the original date of publication must fall between September 1, 2017 and September 1, 2019.

Copies of nominated books should be sent before September 21, 2019, to each of the three Book Award Committee members:

Patricia Brown
Professor, English Department
Azusa Pacific University
901 East Alosta Avenue
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
plbrown@apu.edu

Todd Edmondson
Associate Professor, Humanities and Composition
Milligan College
117 Solomon Lane
Johnson City, TN 37601
tedmondson@milligan.edu

Lanta Davis
Associate Professor, Humanities and Literature
John Wesley Honors College; Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington Street
Marion, IN 46953
lanta.davis@indwes.edu

Books received after September 21, 2019 will not be eligible for consideration.

For a year-by-year schedule of the awards--according to genre--please note the following:

Specific genres of works will be considered in alternate years, according to two categories: (1) works of literary criticism and biography; and (2) original literary art or “belles lettres” (e.g., essays, fiction, drama, and poetry). The schedule is as follows:

A work of original literary art was honored in March 2019:
That work was published between Sept. 1, 2016, and Sept. 1, 2018.

A work of literary criticism or biography will be honored January 2020
For consideration the work must be published between
Sept. 1, 2017, and Sept. 1, 2019.

A work of original literary art will be honored January 2021
For consideration the work must be published between
Sept. 1, 2018, and Sept. 1, 2020.

A work of literary criticism or biography will be honored January 2022
For consideration the work must be published between
September 1, 2019, and September 1, 2021.

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.

 

MARGARET PATTERSON HANNAY SERVICE AWARD

The Margaret Patterson Hannay Service Award is given to a long-time member of the Conference on Christianity and Literature who has provided remarkable service to the society over a period of years. Criteria for selection include sustained membership in the CCL, service in one or more offices of the society, exemplary leadership, dedication to the core values of the CCL, and recognition in the larger scholarly world. The award will be given as the Board deems appropriate; there is no obligation to present the award annually. This award is given in honor of Dr. Margaret Patterson Hannay, former President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, who was well known in the field of early modern studies and published more than fifty articles and seventeen books in her field.

 

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. 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, 2019.

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:

Dr. Carissa Turner Smith, csmith@csuniv.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.

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT WRITING CONTEST

Any paper presented at a regional conference may be submitted to the CCL undergraduate writing contest for that calendar year. Conference directors should publicize the opportunity to present papers and to submit work to the national contest to undergraduates in their region. Directors should submit the best undergraduate work (up to 3 critical and 3 creative papers) from the conference along with the conference report to the CCL Vice President, within two weeks of the conference’s conclusion. The VP will then forward the submissions to a committee for evaluation. Only papers presented at regional conferences are eligible for the contest. Contest winners will be selected by January 2 for work submitted the previous calendar year. Winners of best creative paper and best critical paper will be announced at the annual CCL luncheon, will each receive a $100 cash prize, and will have their work published on the CCL website.

 

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.