In the spring of 1999, nearly
a dozen Christian publishers confirmed the need for establishing a Christian
fiction award to recognize novelists and novels of excellence in several genres
of Christian fiction. By late summer, ideas and planning had come together to
launch The Christy Award, named in honor of Catherine Marshall’s novel and of
her contribution to growth of the fiction Christians love to read.
The Christy Award is designed to:
Nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of
fiction written from a Christian worldview.
Bring a new awareness of the breadth and depth of fiction choices available,
helping to broaden the readership.
Provide opportunity to recognize novelists whose work may not have reached
How the Awards Work
Every year publishers are invited to submit novels written from a Christian
worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is
entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category. Each
category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a
panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary
critics, and other qualified readers, none of whom have a direct affiliation
with a publishing company.