In keeping with the stated goals of the Prize:
- The Michael Ramsey Prize for 2019 will be awarded to the author of a theological work that is judged to advance theology and make a serious contribution to the faith and life of the worldwide Church.
- The book must be by a living author, and must have been first published between January 2015 and December 2017.
- The Michael Ramsey Prize is for sustained treatment of a theological theme by a maximum of three authors therefore multi-author works by more than three authors will not be considered.
- While publications arising from doctoral studies will be considered, they must be submitted by publishers with clear review procedures.
- With regret we can only accept nominations for books that are available in English.
- The Prize is £10,000 and is awarded to the author(s) of the winning work. The author(s) of each other shortlisted title will be awarded £1,000.
- The judging panel is appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The judges' decision is final.
- Books must be nominated through the form on the Michael Ramsey Prize website, or via a hardcopy form published in the Church Times and distributed at Bloxham Festival of Faith & Literature 2018.
- Each publisher of a shortlisted title must agree to:
- supply 8 copies of the book, to be used for judging and for promoting the book and the Prize;
- secure the attendance of the author at the prize-giving ceremony in the United Kingdom in August 2019. Where authors are attending the ceremony from overseas, assistance may be offered on a case-by-case basis;
- ensure shortlisted / winning authors are available wherever possible for other public appearances and events to promote the book and the Michael Ramsey Prize e.g. literary festivals, signings, online discussions and academic / educational events;
- acknowledge the Michael Ramsey Prize in subsequent reprints, paperback editions and any point-of-sale material for the winning book. The Michael Ramsey Prize will provide stickers and flyers for winning books.