Catholic Arts and Letters Award

Catholic Arts and Letters Award

The Catholic Arts and Letters Award honors outstanding achievement in Catholic literature.

Also known as the “Lily Awards” or “Lilies”, the CALA for Fiction recognizes works of Catholic fiction that merit distinction. The CALA for Excellence in Achievement recognize individuals who have shown distinction in how they have furthered the growth of Catholic Arts and Letters.

CALA Application

The 2018 CALA application is closed. The winners will be announced at the Catholic Writers Conference Live, at the Catholic Marketing Network Tradeshow.

All applicants must:

  • have a Seal of Approval or imprimatur
  • be published between October 2015 and December 2017
  • not have been submitted to a previous CALA contest

Fees are $30 for CWG members (per submission) or $50 for non-members.

CALA Recipients


  • Award for Fiction - Adult
    My Brother's Keeper, Bill Kassel
  • Award for Fiction - Children's/YA
    Playing by Heart, Carmela Martino


  • Award for Excellence in Achievement
    Alan Napleton, Catholic Marketing Network President





  • Award for Excellence in Achievement
    Doug Keck, EWTN COO and Executive VP



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