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If you need further assistance, contact Elise or Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or call 312-380-6789.

Who is eligible?

Both CPA members and non-members may enter the CPA Book Awards. Authors/editors may submit their own work and publishers may submit works published by the company.

How much does it cost to enter?

The CPA Book Awards cost $36 per entry for CPA members and $76 per entry for non-members. If you would like to become a CPA member, please visit the CPA website or email Carol Arnold.

CPA members must be in good standing by March 31 to be eligible for the member rate.

Please submit payment by the date specified in the current awards packet.

When can I make submissions?

The CPA Book Awards typically opens in January and closes in mid-February. The open and closing dates for the submission period will be announced in December.

How do I submit an entry?

Click "Make Another Application" then select the contest of your choice. Fill out the forms as prompted. You can save your information and complete your application later, or complete your entry and add it to your cart. You can edit entries that are incomplete or in your cart.

Once you pay for your entries, you cannot edit them. We recommend that you keep all of you entries in your cart until you have checked them, then make one payment when you are finished with your submissions. This process will help eliminate incorrect, duplicate, and missing submissions from your organization.

How do I edit entries?

Click "My Applications" to view all of your submissions. For incomplete entires, click "Edit." For entries in your cart, click "Make Changes." For complete entries, contact Elise or Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or call 312-380-6789 to make adjustments.

After I upload an image of the book cover, I see the words "NO PREVIEW AVAILABLE" instead of an image. Is something wrong?

The file has uploaded and it is available for download. If you don't see a preview of the file, it is likely because the file is large and a preview could not be generated during the upload. You may upload a smaller file to see a preview.

To change the file on incomplete entries, click the "Edit" button. For complete entries, contact Elise or Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or call 312-380-6789 for assistance.

Where can I find a list of categories?

A list of categories will be available in the 2018 CPA Book Award packet. Click here to download a copy of the 2017 award packet to get an idea of categories considered.

I'm not sure if my item is appropriate for this category. How can I figure that out?

If you have read the category description and you are still not sure that it's the right category for your item, please contact Elise or Kathleen at cpaawards@catholicpress.org or call  at 312-380-6789. If necessary, we will refer your question to the Awards Committee, which will make a recommendation.

How do I submit an e-book?

In 2016, we added an e-book category to the CPA Book Awards. To complete a submission, follow the same instructions set for hard copy books and use the "File Upload" field to upload a PDF version of your book instead of a cover. You may only enter e-books in B33.

Where do I mail books for consideration?

Please mail required materials to the CPA Office:

CPA Awards Program
Catholic Press Association
205 West Monroe Street
Suite 470
Chicago, IL 60606

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