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The Louise and Richard Goodwin Writing Prize for Excellence in Theological Writing was founded in 2001 to recognize upcoming scholars in the theological field. The writing prize is awarded by the Board of Directors of Theological Horizons, a non-profit corporation fostering reflection and responsibility in the church, the community, and the academy. Award are given to essays that demonstrate:

  • creative theological thinking,
  • excellence in scholarship,
  • engagement with the Christian tradition, and
  • commitment to the well-being of the church.

Please email goodwinprize@theologicalhorizons.org for questions. The deadline for the 2018 prizes is June 1, 2018.

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2017 Prize Winners

The $2,500 prize has been awarded to Erin Risch Zoutendam (Duke University) for her essay, "The Body, the Heart, and Desire: Catherine of Siena's Theology of Tears."  

The $1,000 prize has been awarded to Daniel Eng (Cambridge) for his essay, “Jesus' Shameless Message: Honor and Shame in the Parable of the Prodigal Son and its Significance for Immigrant Care and Refugee Relief.”  

Kyle Potter (Marquette University) has been awarded $500 for his essay, “No Greater Love: Friendship as the Enactment of Charismatic Ecclesiology in the Small Asketikon of Saint Basil the Great. ”  

Abstracts of the winning essays and biographies of the writers will be posted on the Theological Horizons website soon.

Past Goodwin Writing Prize Winners