History of the Award

Founded in 2008, Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors books produced by small publishers each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life. Books are nominated by the publishers and voting is open to Christian readers, retailers, and publishing professionals. Voting typically opens in February and runs through March.


In 2008 and 2009, four categories were offered: Nonfiction: Biography / Memoir, Nonfiction: General, Fiction, and Children’s. Voting during these two years was restricted to Christian retailers.


In 2010, the Nonfiction: General category was split into Bible Study / Theology, Christian Living, and Family / Relationships. Likwise, the Children’s category was split into three age groups, one each for teens, tweens, and children. Also in 2010, voting opened to the general public. Thousands of voters visited the site to peruse the nominees and vote for their favorites.


2011 saw the award splitting Romance books off from the General Fiction category and Devotionals splitting off from Bible Study / Theology, as well as adding a new categories for Gift Books and eBooks.


For the 2015 awards, Historical Fiction split into a category of its own. In addition, an award for the Christian Education category was introduced.

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