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Wilmer C. Fields Awards

W.C. Fields Baptist Communicators Association members are invited to submit their work to the 58th 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.

Awards Submission Site


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 2021. 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, 2021) at Baptist colleges, universities or seminaries may enter this competition. All entries in the competition must have been produced or published during 2021. 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 2022 awards:

  • 2022 Call For Entries Distributed - November 2021
    ALL submissions should be entered online at the BCA Awards Submission site. Supporting files for all Divisions should be uploaded online. Supporting files for Public Relations/Development, Design and Overall Publication Divisions can be mailed in to:
    Stella Prather
    1202 Hillsboro Drive
    Alexander, AR 72002.
  • COVID-19 Exceptions: Many print publications were disrupted temporarily this year due to COVID-19. All submissions must be submitted digitally this year, even if they are designated as "print" in the Design and Overall Publications divisions. For print entries that you would prefer to optionally mail, make sure that you send three printed copies.
  • Mail-in Submission Deadline - January 31, 2022
    Optional postal deliveries for Public Relations/Development, Design and Overall Publication Divisions must be postmarked by January 31, 2022.
  • Digital Submission Deadline - January 31, 2022
    Online submissions for all Divisions should be completed by midnight EST on January 31, 2022.
  • Digital Submissions Distributed to Judges - February 2022
    Judges will judge each digital entry.
  • Award Judging - February-March 2022
    Judges will choose the winners.
  • Award Notices Sent Out - March 2022
    If you are an award winner, you will receive an email notification confirming it.
  • Awards Presented - April 27, 2022
    Award recipients and Grand Prize winners will be honored during the awards presentation in New Orleans.
  • Awards Added to Website/Social Media - May 2022
    Awards are added to the BCA website and become part of BCA history. Winners are featured on our Facebook page.