2020 Braun Book Award Guidelines

Please Note: This opportunity is not impacted by COVID-19 and remains open.

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Eligibility Requirements
Submission Guidelines
Submission Details and Entry Form Questions

We would like to thank you for inquiring about the Word Alive Press call for submissions for the 1st annual Braun Book Awards. We are seeking unpublished manuscripts by Canadian Christian writers. It is a great privilege and honour for us to celebrate the talented Christian writers in Canada, and to provide a publishing contract to two recipients (one fiction, one non-fiction).

Should you have any questions, please review the FAQs. If you still have a question, please reach out to your existing contact, call us at 1.866.967.3782, or click here.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible entrants for the Braun Book Awards adhere to all of the following criteria:

  • This opportunity is open to Canadian citizens (including Canadian citizens living abroad) and to non-Canadians living in Canada who have legal permanent resident status.
  • Eligible manuscripts have not been previously published in part or in full (this includes self-published titles) and have not previously been published in any other format (eg eBook).
  • If you have won our Free Publishing or Women’s Journey of Faith Contest previously, you are no longer eligible for this contest. We welcome you to contact us directly to discuss your latest manuscript.
  • Eligible manuscript submissions must apply to one of the two Contest Categories:
    – Non-fiction (Adult/Youth chapter book)
    – Fiction (Adult/Youth chapter book)
  • Submissions must be uploaded no later than midnight on May 31, 2020 through our Submit Your Manuscript portal on our website.
  • All manuscripts must adhere to our Statement of Faith:
    We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried. The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end. And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life. He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic church. We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come. Amen.

As part of the submission process, you will be asked to affirm the above statements. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted via our Online Submission Portal
*For ease of reading by the judging committee, we appreciate receiving manuscript submissions in 8.5” x 11” format, double-spaced at Times New Roman 12-point font.

  • Only MS Word document format will be accepted for submission, (not PDF, etc.) and the manuscript must be saved as one complete file, which includes the 3-5 page synopsis to be included (clearly marked) at the end of the manuscript.
  • No submission fee is required.
  • More than one entry per participant may be submitted. Each submission must be uploaded separately.

    All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via our “Submit Your Manuscript” portal. Clicking the “submit” button will bring up an online entry form on your screen. After filling out the online form, you will be given the option to upload your manuscript. Please include your synopsis (3-5 pages) within your manuscript, at the back of the document, clearly marked. Please carefully review this document prior to submitting your manuscript. Once this content is submitted, no further changes can be made to the manuscript or the entry form, so we encourage you to prepare your answers in advance for the following questions. Click here to review and complete the official entry form.

Submission Details and Entry Form Questions:

In addition to general questions about your manuscript, plus your personal information you will be asked the following questions on the entry form:

Word Count: The total number of words in your manuscript.
Summary: In 1-2 sentences, please tell us what your book is about:
Author Bio: Please tell us a little bit about yourself in a few sentences. This could include your educational background, current/past employment or volunteer experiences, previous publications, etc. If applicable, please let us know how these details are relevant to your manuscript (for example, you are a nurse who has written a medical mystery novel, or you have been married for thirty years and have written a book for newlyweds on establishing a marriage that will last).
Synopsis: Please prepare a 3-5 page synopsis of your manuscript. This should give a detailed description of your story from beginning to end. Please include this in your manuscript document as the last few pages, clearly marked.


One winner in each contest category will be chosen to be professionally published for free, which includes:
- A royalty-based book publishing contract
- Professional editing services, cover design, and typesetting of your book.
- Distribution from one of Canada’s leading Christian book distributors.
- Sales & marketing of your book to bookstores, churches & ministries.
- Digital representation, including eBook creation and distribution.


Has the coronavirus impacted the Braun Book Awards?
We are pleased to confirm that our call for submissions remains open despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.

May I submit my entry via mail or email?
All submissions must be made through our online Submit Your Manuscript portal. If you are having technical difficulties, or are not able to submit via these means, please contact us.

What is the minimum word count?
For the purposes of the Braun Book Awards, the manuscript should be at least 14,000 words. We do not have a maximum word count per se; however, we would recommend keeping the manuscript under 150,000 words if possible.

Can I submit book proposals elsewhere when entering these awards?

Does my manuscript need to be fully formatted and/or edited before it is submitted?
Formatting and editing are not prerequisite, but submitting the best version of your work will only enhance the impression you give to the judging committee.

Must my manuscript be faith-based with a Christian theme?
Yes. We are a faith-based Christian publishing company and are seeking to award and publish what we would consider to be the bestsellers through Christian retail outlets.

Is your company associated with any denomination or theological framework?
Word Alive Press is a Canadian Christian Partnership Publisher, and we are not associated with any one denomination. We have published books by authors representing a wide variety of denominations.

Can children’s books be submitted to the contest?
While we do publish children’s picture books, these awards are limited to adult/youth chapter books. For information on children’s book publishing, please visit our website.

Must I be a Canadian citizen?
The awards are only open to Canadian citizens (including Canadian citizens living abroad) and to non- Canadians living in Canada who have legal permanent resident status.

May I submit a title that was previously published and now revised?
The Braun Book Awards are limited to original fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Books previously published in part or in whole are not eligible for the contest. However, we would certainly be pleased to work with you on this project through our regular author services! Please visit our website for further details.

I am also interested in another publishing contest Word Alive Press is running. Can I enter the same manuscript into both contests?
No. You are welcome to enter a different manuscript into the contest, and you are welcome to enter multiple manuscripts into the same contest, but you may not enter the same manuscript into two separate contests run by us within the same year.

I submitted a manuscript to one of your previous contests and it did not win. Can I re-submit this manuscript?
These awards are intended not only to discover fresh, new Canadian Christian writing, but also to encourage writers and help them grow their skills. While we do not bar previously submitted material from our contest, we would encourage you to revisit your manuscript and have a manuscript critique performed on it before it is re-submitted, to ensure it is of the highest quality it can be.

I have previously won your Free Publishing Contest. Am I eligible to enter a new manuscript in the Braun Book Awards?
We would like to reserve these awards for writers who have not yet had a chance to be traditionally published by Word Alive Press. However, we would love to see your new manuscript! Please contact us directly to discuss the possibility of partnering with us on publishing your latest project.

May I submit a title that has been previously published in another language?
This opportunity is limited to original fiction and non-fiction manuscripts. Books previously published in part or in whole in another language are not eligible for the contest. However, we would certainly be pleased to work with you on this project through our regular author services! Please visit our website for further details.

I have previously published other books, am I still eligible?
Yes! While previously published works are not eligible, authors that have previously published other books are certainly able to submit new material.

I posted an excerpt of my manuscript on my blog, does that make it ineligible?
If you have posted a portion of your manuscript for review and/or critique, you are still eligible. However, if you have purchased an ISBN, and/or published a print/eBook online, you would not be eligible.

Must the manuscript be completed?
Yes, the manuscript must be submitted in its entirety in order to be eligible.

Are there any age restrictions for contest entrants?
We welcome manuscript submissions from all ages, without any restrictions.

May I make revisions to my submission after it is uploaded?
Once your manuscript has been uploaded, no further changes can be made. Please carefully check over your manuscript before uploading it.

I’m having trouble submitting my manuscript online. Can I mail in my submission?
We do not accept contest submissions via mail. Please call us for assistance in uploading your manuscript at 1-866-967-3782.

Are royalties paid on the winning titles?
Yes. Royalties will be paid quarterly as defined by our contract.

When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be announced in mid- to late July, 2020. Please follow us for updates:
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Thank you again for your interest in our contest! We look forward to receiving and reviewing your manuscript.