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 2020 issue of Theological Librarianship.

 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 that lie within the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies and that potentially impact libraries, including (though 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. 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 winning essay will be published in the essay section of the Fall 2020 issue of Theological Librarianship. 

The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 cash prize and a travel stipend to attend the 2021 Atla annual conference in Fort Worth, TX. 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, 2020 and should be submitted through the online portal at Please direct all inquiries or questions to