Nominations for the Michael Ramsey Prize, an award that celebrates the most promising theological writing, are now open.
The public is encouraged to nominate books that have inspired or enriched their faith. The winner will receive a prize of £15,000.
To be eligible, nominees must have published their book between January 2019 and December 2022, and it must be written or translated into English. Books authored by more than three authors will not be considered. Shortlisted authors will receive £2,500 each.
The award, named after Dr. Ramsey and launched by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, aims to promote the most promising contemporary theological writing and introduce it to a wider Christian readership.
Previous winners include John Swinton, Luke Bretherton, David Bentley, Richard Bauckham, Timothy Radcliffe, and N.T. Wright.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who presides over the Prize, commented: " “It is absolutely vital that Christians engage thoughtfully, in a deep and robust manner, with scripture, doctrine and tradition. Theology isn’t just for a few clever people – thinking about who God is to us is what humans have done for thousands of years. Relaunching the Michael Ramsey Prize in 2023 is a wonderful opportunity to support theological engagement across the Church.
“I pray we might be inspired afresh by the Spirit as we read, write and reflect on the boundless hope, mercy, justice and love of God in Jesus Christ. So – spread the word and get thinking, and let’s celebrate those writers who are challenging us in new ways to understand more about the boundless hope, mercy, justice, peace and love of God.”
The closing date for nominations is 14th June.