The official announcement of the ARCANA VERITAS DISTINCTION AWARDS (AVDA) was made during the Annual Communication and Installation of Grand Lodge Office-Bearers of the Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland on November 30, 2023, in Edinburgh.

Established to honor exceptional contributions to Masonic literature, the Arcana Veritas Distinction Award pays tribute to writers and authors showcasing remarkable skill and insight in exploring various Masonic subjects such as history, symbolism, degrees, rituals, and other topics within Masonic teachings.

This award aims to recognize individuals whose work not only enriches the Masonic community but also contributes to a profound understanding of the principles and traditions that define Freemasonry.

Criteria for the award include evaluating research, clarity, and the ability to contribute to the advancement of Masonic knowledge and discourse within the fraternity.