The 2019 CALEB Award is now open for entries!
Who Can Enter?
The contest is open to books by Australian or New Zealand Christian authors, or Christian authors living in Australia or New Zealand. Entrants must confirm they agree with the Omega Writers Statement of Belief.
Entries must be written from a Christian world view i.e. they must be consistent with the Omega Writers Statement of Belief and not contain objectionable content (e.g. profanity, sexual situations, or excessive violence.)
The entry fees are:
- AUD 40 per entry for members of Omega Writers.
- AUD 70 per entry for non-members (click here to join Omega Writers, then forward your membership confirmation to caleb [at] omegawriters [dot] org and we will reply with the discount code).
If you are a current member of Omega Writers, then you will have received an email with the discount code. Enter this on the TryBooking payment page. You do not need to be logged into the Omega Writers website to claim the discount—you simply enter the correct code at TryBooking.
Please note that TryBooking charges a 50 cent processing fee in addition to the above fees.
Proceeds from the CALEB Award will support the Omega Writers Conference scholarship fund.
The winner of each category will receive a prize to the value of AUD 400 plus an engraved trophy.
The categories for 2019 are:
The categories for the 2019 CALEB Published Award are:
- Picture Books
- Young Adult fiction
- Memoir or biography or autobiography
- Fiction (excluding romance and fiction with romantic elements—novels with a central romance plot and novels where the romance is not the central plot focus, but removing the romance would damage the story).
For 2019, entries must have a copyright date of 2017 or 2018, as displayed on the copyright page.
Self-published books are eligible to enter the award.
Click here to read the full rules for the Published award, including minimum and maximum length requirements.
Children’s picture books will be judged in hard copy. Once your entry is confirmed and we have received enough entries for the category to proceed, then we will ask you to forward three (3) print copies to our Picture Book Coordinator.
Finalists will be asked to forward an additional three copies for final-round judging within one week of the finalists being announced. Alternatively, entrants may forward six copies in the initial round, with the understanding that unused copies will not be returned.
The CALEB has moved to electronic books for the 2019 awards. This is to reduce costs for the entrants (as they no longer have to provide hard copies), and to reduce postage costs for Omega Writers. It has the added advantage of reducing our carbon footprint.
Please submit one pdf file of your full manuscript.
You may submit a watermarked pdf, but please ensure the watermark does not affect the reading experience. Please do not submit a password-protected pdf, as these are impossible to read on some ereader devices. If we can’t read your entry, then we can’t judge it.
The pdf file should be no larger than 2MB. It can include your cover image, front matter, and back matter, but these are not required (e.g. if including the cover image would take the file size over the limit, then delete the cover image).
If you prefer to use a service like BookFunnel or Smashwords, then we will accept three (3) download codes.
Please note that the download codes must be valid until 31 May, to give the judges time to download them. If your entry is selected as a finalist, then we will request an additional three download codes. These must be provided within one week of the finalists being announced.
The 2019 Unpublished Award is for adult fiction across all genres.
We ask entrants to state their genre so we’re able to match them with judges who enjoy and feel capable judging that genre.
The Unpublished CALEB Award is open to any writer who has not been previously published, self-published, contracted to publish or accepted to publish, in print, digitally, or online in novelette, novella, or novel-length fiction. Authors who are published in non-fiction, picture books, and short stories (under 7,500 words) are eligible to enter.
No part of the entry may be or have been published or self-published in print or digitally, as entries must be anonymous in order to retain the integrity of the award. This means no part of your entry may be posted online (e.g. on your website) or available (e.g. as a free download) until the winner is announced.
Entries must be Christian fiction, or fiction written from a Christian world view.
The Unpublished contest is an electronic-entry only contest.
Entrants will submit their first 10,000 words for first-round judging, plus a 1,000-word synopsis. Finalists will be asked to submit their full manuscript. Manuscripts must be between 40,000 and 120,000 words, as measured by Microsoft Word.
An entrant who signs a contract to publish a fiction manuscript after 30 April may remain in the contest, but any entrant who publishes a work of fiction in any print or online form prior to the announcement of the finalists must withdraw from the contest.
Any finalist who publishes a work of fiction in any print or online form before the CALEB Unpublished winner is announced must withdraw from the contest. This includes novels that are self-published, vanity published, or published by a traditional publisher.
The Unpublished contest will be limited to twenty (20) entries.
Enter now—entries close on 30 April.