Submit to the ‘Theological Librarianship’ Student 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 2019 issue of Theological Librarianship.

Eligibility and Requirements

Submissions will be accepted from any student currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program, regardless of discipline.

Essays should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words and should address topics relevant to theological librarians, including (though not limited to):

  • resources available for the study of theology
  • methods of theological inquiry
  • digital techniques
  • tools for theological research
  • trends in academic librarianship

Students interested in submitting are encouraged to review the archives of the journal to understand the scope of the publication. All submissions should follow the guidelines outlined on the journal’s website.

Submissions are due no later than June 1 and should be submitted through the online portal at

Submission Prize

The winning essay will be published in the essays section of the Fall 2019 issue of Theological Librarianship. The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 cash prize and a travel stipend to attend the 2020 ATLA Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan. Proof of current graduate or undergraduate enrollment will be required upon notification of selection as the contest winner.

Submission Review

The essay contest winner will be selected by the editorial board based on clarity of the argument, 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.

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