Celebrating Your Writing

We’re grateful for generous donors who support our Scriptoria Awards, and are delighted to be able to offer these again in 2024.

These awards are a way to show our appreciation and excitement for you and your work. We believe in you!  

Note specific Award application deadline dates for Scriptoria 2024. 

Award Categories

(Learn more below.)  [May 24, 2024 deadline to apply]

Award Submissions 

Poetry Award: Entrants submit a portfolio of 5-7 poems, not to exceed 8 pages. Award is $500. 

Essay Award: Entrants submit a 1000-1500 word essay. Award is $500. 

Scriptoria Editing Award for Fiction: Entrants submit a 20-25-page writing sample of either a novel (YA or Adult) or a book-length manuscript of short stories, along with a 300-word synopsis of the work. (Both in PDF format, please.) The actual complete novel or story collection must have a 50,000-word minimum. This prize is the gift from Hugh Cook of free professional editing of your completed work. 

Literary Fiction Award: Entrants submit a near-final draft novel or collection of stories with a 50,000 word minimum. 

Award is $5000.

Submission Requirements and Formatting: 

All submissions must be *new* work, which has not been submitted or juried elsewhere prior to Scriptoria. 

Documents which do not follow these protocols will NOT be considered.

Award Due Dates & Processing Details

The due date for the Scriptoria Editing Award for Fiction is  May 15, 2024.

All other submissions are due May 24, 2024.

All categories are judged by experienced professionals who remain anonymous. Judges will not know the identities of the entrants. 

Scriptoria Literary Fiction Award

An Annual $5,000 Prize


The Vision

Imagine reading contemporary fiction that engages, challenges, awakens your faith. Imagine a voice that gives insight to unnamed yet ever-present longings or fears. Imagine stories where faith is neither trivial nor silent, but complex, engaged, and essential.

The generous donors of the Scriptoria Literary Fiction Award hope for both awakenings and challenges that arise from faith commitments.

Scriptoria is a place where such voices and gifts are noticed and supported. We envision spiritually-attuned fiction that shows literary promise. The prize recognizes and encourages work that demonstrates excellence in writerly craft and wordsmithing.

Out of the catacombs of our thoughts and into the literary spotlight for the world to see—the process begins at Scriptoria Workshop.


General Guidelines

·  All fiction writers registered and attending the workshop will be eligible for this award.

·  The document can be either a near-final draft novel or a collection of short stories.

·  In future years, any Scriptoria Workshop past attendee may submit a completed manuscript for consideration in the current year’s review.

·  In any year, the judges may suspend the award, if they deem that no submitted work meets expectations.


Submission Guidelines: See above