Call for Entries: Bridge Book Awards 2013

New Proposals Sought for Third Annual Bridge Book Awards

November 15, 2012—The General Church of the New Jerusalem and the Swedenborg Foundation, publisher of the theological works of Emanuel Swedenborg, are pleased to announce the third annual Bridge Book Awards competition.

The Bridge Book Awards were created to encourage new and experienced authors to write about the ideas of Swedish scientist and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). Those interested should submit a query letter, outline, and sample chapter for their proposed books. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel chosen by the competition organizers.

Up to three winners will be selected for this third annual contest. Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,500, will be honored at an award ceremony, and will have their entries considered for possible publication by the Swedenborg Foundation Press.

The deadline for proposal submission is February 1, 2013.

Winners will be announced in April 2013.


We are looking for proposals in the following genres, but are open to other possibilities:




Young adult


Focus of work: we are looking for fresh, contemporary ways of understanding God’s deep wisdom as revealed through Swedenborg’s works and its relevance to everyday life. A “Bridge Book” helps readers to connect with that wisdom through seeing it applied to other disciplines and to everyday life. In addition, these books provide a “bridge” to understanding the deeper aspects of Swedenborgian theology.

The book proposals we are looking for might be philosophical, personal, fresh, fact-filled, inspiring, creative, funny, ironic, smart, and/or engaging but, above all, filled with honesty and a search for truth. We look forward to seeing your ideas!

For further information about the contest, go to or Forms for submitting proposals are available in downloadable form. You can also request entry forms from Alexia Cole at 610-430-3222, ext. 109, or

If there is interest, there may be a proposal-writing workshop to assist interested participants at Bryn Athyn College in December.

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