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The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship
2015 Call for Papers

The Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship is open for submissions as of October 1, 2014.


There is a $1,000 monetary award. The awarded paper will be delivered at the SBL Annual Meeting with a panel discussion. No one may receive this award more than once.

Qualifications for Submission

Any SBL member who has received a Ph.D. or Th.D. in biblical studies or a related field since 2005 may submit a paper. This paper should be of publishable quality. It must not have been previously published or accepted for publication; however, a paper may be submitted that is under review by a journal or other academic press if a decision to publish has not been reached at the time of submission. If the paper was delivered at an annual or international SBL meeting, it must exhibit significant revision, as demonstrated by submission of both the original draft and the revision.

Submission Requirements

1. Intention to submit a paper for the award must be sent to no later than 10 January 2015. Please indicate in the subject line of all correspondence the last name of the applicant. All of the contact information for the individual, including SBL membership number, should be included in the email. If the tentative title for a paper is available, please indicate it. Include a current copy of your academic CV in PDF format. Name that file with the first and last name of the applicant. Please be certain that the date of the CV is indicated.

2. Applicants must submit no later than midnight (GMT -5) on 1 March 2015:

a. A paper, in English, of no more than 10,000 words including footnotes, and doubled-spaced. A bibliography is not required. If your paper is over the 10,000 word limit it will be automatically disqualified;

b. The paper should be formatted as a PDF and submitted anonymously, that is, an author’s name should not appear after the paper’s title or in any heading; neither should any reference be made to the author within the paper in a manner that would reveal the author’s identity.

3. All materials should be sent to If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within two (2) business days, please contact Beth Tracy at

Failure to follow all submission requirements will result in a paper’s automatic disqualification.

Applicants should consult the SBL Handbook of Style. The subject of the paper is open, but it must advance some dimension of New Testament scholarship. The paper will be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: 
1. A persuasive thesis that engages the New Testament and demonstrates quality of scholarship and significance to the field;

2. Clarity of expression and thought;

3. Originality and creativity.

The Award Committee

Warren Carter
Adela Yarbro Collins
Larry Welborn


10 January 2015   Nominations or intent to submit
1 March 2015   Submission of all materials 
30 April 2015   Announcement of Award

2014 Achtemeier Award Winner

2013 Achtemeier Award Winner

2012 Achtemeier Award not awarded

2011 Achtemeier Award Winner

2010 Achtemeier Award Winner


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