Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until February 8.

Wilbur Award stained glass trophyNEW YORK — The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is accepting entries for the 2021 Wilbur Awards. Secular communicators have until February 8, 2021 to submit work produced during 2020 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication.

The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, blogs, radio, podcasts and television, plus motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, positive values, and themes.

Winners in 2020 represented CBS News, The Associated Press, Al Jazeera English, CBC Radio, and several creative independent contributors, motion picture producers, bloggers, and journalists. Included among those entries that received awards last year are “Bipartisan Prayer,” by CBS News – Face the Nation, which offers a rare glimpse of bipartisanship amidst an increasingly factional political climate among senators of different beliefs and ideologies who join together in weekly prayer; “American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel,” by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Jeanine and Catherine Butler of Butlerfilms LLC, an insightful documentary that takes us to the Bible Belt and tells the story of how a group of Christians are challenging fundamentalist doctrine that justify nationalism and hack away at landmark civil rights protections for women, minorities, immigrants, and the LGBTQ communities; “The Dearly Beloved,” by Cara Wall and published through Simon & Schuster, a thoughtful and intimate national bestseller that follows the journey of two families who experience friendship and forgiveness among social change and trials of faith; and a breathtaking photo essay titled “India’s crackdown hits religious freedom in disputed Kashmir,” submitted by the Associated Press, depicting recent suppression by the Indian Government in the largely Muslim Kashmir region. For a complete list of 2020 winners and to access information for the 2021 awards, visit

The 2020 awards will be presented virtually during the RCC National Convention, to be held April 6-9, 2021. Winners receive an individually handcrafted stained-glass Wilbur trophy and national recognition for their work.

Secular communicators may enter work in eight categories. Juries of media professionals coordinated by Religion Communicators Council members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

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

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC), founded in 1929, is an association of communications professionals who work for and with a diverse group of faith-based organizations in the areas of communications, public relations, marketing and development.

Questions? Contact Ryan Koch, or 212-580-1919.

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