The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) has extended the deadline for entries for the organization’s Wilbur Awards. Submission deadline is now Friday, Feb. 9 for the awards, which recognize the most outstanding work produced in 2023 in the communication of religious issues, values, and themes in secular (non-religious) media.

The Wilburs, which are the top honor provided by the RCC, are awarded in several categories, including Audio (podcast, radio), Audio/Visual (film, television, and social media), Images (illustration and photography), and Written (books, magazines, and newspapers). Past winners include AP, Atlantic, CBC, Deseret News, Harper Collins, Los Angeles Times, NBC News, Netflix, NPR, Penguin Random Home, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Religion News Service, RTE, 60 Minutes, and more.

After the Wilbur Awards Ceremony, all entrants will receive judges’ ballots, with comments and scores on their entry. Each recipient receives a hand-crafted stained glass award.

The award, which is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations, longtime council leader and former Presbyterian Church executive, will be presented Friday, April 5, 2024, in Louisville during the RCC’s annual convention, “95 years of RCC: Harnessing our Collective Power.”

The Religion Communicators Council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. Juries of media professionals, coordinated by council members across the country, evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

For more information about the 2024 Wilbur Awards, visit: RCC’s Registration Site for Events and Awards (

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