Christian Newswire — Secular media producers, writers, publishers and bloggers are encouraged to submit work for the 2014 Wilbur Awards.

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) will accept entries through Feb. 3 for one of the oldest recognition programs for religion coverage by secular communicators. Submissions must be produced during 2013. Entry forms are available on the Wilbur Awards web page.

Award categories include newspapers, magazines, books, photography, television and cable, radio or podcasts, feature films, and digital communications. Juries of media professionals coordinated by council 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. The award promotes excellence in the communication of religious faith and positive values by secular communicators. Winners in 2013 represented CBS News, The Christian Science Monitor; The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn.; Religion & Culture from CBS; The Huffington Post; the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.; CNN; Simon and Schuster Publishing House; Oprah Winfrey Network; motion picture producers; and local radio and television stations.

The 2014 awards will be presented April 5 in Nashville, Tenn., during the council’s 85th annual national convention. Winners will be announced March 3. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is underwriting the 2014 competition.

The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations and longtime council leader.

The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators. They work 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.

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