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Wilmer C. Fields Awards

W.C. Fields Baptist Communicators Association members are invited to submit their work to the 57th Annual BCA Awards Competition. The competition is designed to encourage professional excellence among association members and to recognize those members who have done exemplary work. Each year the awards are presented at the annual workshop. The competition is named in honor of BCA lifetime member and retired vice president of public relations for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Wilmer C. Fields.

2021 Award Winners Evaluations

Grand Prize Winners Annoucement


Professional Competition

The competition includes individual Baptist communicators who were members in good standing and who paid their membership dues the previous year by December 31 (More Information). All entries in the competition must have been produced or published during 2020. Each member submitting an entry must have designed, directed, written, photographed, edited, videotaped or created the entry. There is no limit to the number of entries. Entries that fail to conform to category requirements will be disqualified from competition. Entries submitted by non-BCA members and entries where non-BCA members completed the majority of the work will be disqualified. Work completed by students is only eligible for the professional competition if the project was used in a professional capacity and under the direction of professional staff. The student also must hold a student membership in BCA. Student publications or class projects should be submitted in the student competition. Judges have the right to move an entry from the submitted category to a more appropriate category.

Call for Entries (.pdf)

Student Competition

Students sponsored by BCA members in good standing (paid their membership dues by Dec. 31, 2020) at Baptist colleges, universities or seminaries may enter this competition. All entries in the competition must have been produced or published during 2020. Each student listed in the Credits line of the entry must have designed, directed, written, photographed, edited, videotaped or created the entry. There is no limit to the number of entries. Entries that fail to conform to category requirements will be disqualified from competition. Work completed by students is only eligible for the professional competition if the project was used in a professional capacity and under the direction of professional staff. Student publications or class projects should be submitted in the student competition. Judges have the right to move an entry from a submitted category into a more appropriate category.

Call for Entries (.pdf)

Timeline for the 2021 awards:

  • 2021 Call For Entries Distributed - December 2020
    ALL submissions should be entered online at the BCA Awards Submission site. Supporting files for Photography, Writing, Interactive Communication and Audio-Visual Divisions should be uploaded online. Select categories in Design and Total Package Divisions should also be submitted online. Supporting files for Public Relations/Development, Design and Total Package Divisions should be mailed in to:
    Brooke Zimny
    Ouachita Baptist University
    410 Ouachita St., Box 3761
    Arkadelphia, AR 71998.
  • COVID-19 Exceptions: Many print publications were disrupted temporarily this year due to COVID-19. All submissions may be submitted digitally this year, even if they are designated as "print" in the Design and Overall Publications divisions.
  • Mail-in Submission Deadline - January 31, 2021
    Postal deliveries for Public Relations/Development, Design and Total Package Divisions must be postmarked by January 31, 2021.
  • Digital Submission Deadline - January 31, 2021
    Online submissions for Photography, Writing, Interactive Communication, Audio-Visual and select categories in Design and Total Package Divisions should be completed by midnight EST on January 31, 2021.
  • Digital Submissions Distributed to Judges - February 2021
    Judges will judge each digital entry.
  • Award Judging - February-March 2021
    Judges will choose the winners.
  • Award Letters Sent Out - March 2021
    If you are an award winner, you will receive an email notification confirming it.
  • Awards Presented - April 21, 2021
    Award recipients and Grand Prize winners will be honored during the awards presentation.
  • Awards Added to Website/Social Media - May 2021
    Awards are added to the BCA website and become part of BCA history. Winners are featured on our Facebook page.