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Theological Librarianship Essay Contest


The editorial board of Theological Librarianship  (, an online, open access journal of Atla, invites submissions of original essays from graduate and undergraduate students. The winning essay will be published in the Fall 2021 issue of Theological Librarianship

Submissions will be accepted from any student currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program, regardless of discipline. Essays should not exceed 5000 words and should address topics that lie within the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies and that potentially impact libraries.  This includes (but is not limited to) resources available for the study of religion and theology, digital techniques and tools for research in the area of religious or theological studies, and trends in academic librarianship. 

Students interested in submitting are encouraged to review the archives of the journal ( to understand the scope of the publication. The winning entry from 2020 is also available at  All submissions should follow the guidelines outlined on the journal’s website (

The essay contest winner will be selected by the editorial board based on clarity of the argument, the quality of the contribution to librarianship in general and theological librarianship in particular, and the relevance of the subject matter for the journal’s readers. 

The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 U.S. cash prize and a complimentary registration and travel grant to attend the 2022 Atla annual conference in Baltimore, MD. Proof of current graduate or undergraduate enrollment will be required upon notification of selection as the winner of the contest.

Submissions are due no later than June 1, 2021 and should be submitted through the online portal at  Please direct all inquiries or questions to [email protected].