Entry deadline nears for 2018 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Feb. 5.

Wilbur Award trophyEntries for the 2018 Wilbur Awards are arriving at the Religion Communicators Council office in New York City as the February 5 deadline approaches. Secular communicators are encouraged to submit their best work produced in 2017 for consideration in one of the oldest award programs in religion communication.

Work may be entered in MANY categories including: Web-based communication, books, feature films, photography, newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Juries of media professionals coordinated by RCC members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, values and themes. Winners in 2017 included 20th Century Fox – “Hidden Figures”; Woman’s Day Magazine – “Winning at Life”; The Associated Press – “Divided America”; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – “Silent Sanctuaries”; The Commercial Appeal – “Faith Matters”; Unity Productions – “American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction”; CBS-TV Sunday Morning – “The Harmony Project”; ABC Television – “black-ish”; and National Geographic – “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” along with documentary filmmakers, bloggers, and book authors.

The 2018 awards are to be presented April 7 in Atlanta, GA, during the council’s national convention. Winners receive a handcrafted stained-glass trophy and national recognition for their work.

The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations and longtime council leader. For more information on the Wilbur competition or entry details, go to the Wilbur Awards page on the RCC website.

About the Religion Communicators Council

RCC logoThe Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Bahá’í, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.

Questions? Contact Shirley Struchen, shirley@religioncommunicators.org or 212-870-2402.

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