Each year, Christian communicators are invited to submit their best work to the annual CCCA Awards. They compete with other individuals and publications for first-, second- and third-place awards in 30 categories. Some wins also earn cash prizes.

These awards are given not only to the highest quality examples of writing and reporting, but also graphic design (photography, artwork and cover page design) as well as online media such as websites, blogs, videos, podcasts and social media.

The new STUDENT AWARD is open to Canadian post-secondary students of all ages.  

2021 ENTRY GUIDELINES, FORMS AND DEADLINES

The guidelines below were for work published in 2020. New guidlines for work published in 2021 will be released in January 2022. If you want a .docx version of the entry form please email us.

Deadline for entries this year was March 12, 2021.

Winners were announced online this year on April 7, 2021. See below for a list and a video.

As with many of our online events, members are sent a Zoom invitation, and non-members can write to request those or in the case of the awards can watch on our public Facebook channel.

Entry fees

  • Circulation up to 9,999 — $20 per entry
  • Circulation 10,000 and over — $24 per entry
  • For individuals (digital communicators) — $20 per entry
  • For student award — $15 per entry
  • A.C. Forrest Memorial Award for excellence in socially conscious religious journalism — $20 per entry

EDITORIAL CATEGORIES

1. EDITORIAL • 2. FROM THE EDITOR • 3. NEWS STORY • 4. FEATURE • 5. FEATURE SERIES • 6. OPINION PIECE • 7. COLUMN • 8. SERVICE JOURNALISM 9. MEDIA REVIEW • 10. BIBLICAL/THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION • 11. PERSONAL EXPERIENCE • 12. INTERVIEW • 13. BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

GRAPHICS CATEGORIES

14. NEWS PHOTO • 15. FEATURE PHOTO • 16. PHOTO ESSAY • 17. ORIGINAL ARTWORK • 18. FRONT COVER/PAGE • 19. FEATURE LAYOUT & DESIGN

PUBLIC RELATIONS CATEGORIES

20. USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA • 21. MARKETING CAMPAIGN

ONLINE AND INTEGRATED MEDIA CATEGORIES

22. BLOG • 23. VIDEO PRODUCTION • 24. PODCAST • 25. GENERAL EXCELLENCE–WEBSITE DESIGN

GENERAL EXCELLENCE CATEGORIES

16. MAGAZINE • 27. NEWSPAPER

SPECIAL CATEGORIES

28. A.C. FORREST AWARD • 29. STUDENT AWARD

THE FINE PRINT 

  • Individuals or publications must be members of CCCA prior to entering the awards competition.
  • Most categories are for original content, with some exceptions for stock graphics as part of a print publication front page or cover category.
  • Submissions may be staff-generated or first-rights publication from a freelancer.
  • Entries can be from any publication with two or more editions annually, either online and/or in print.
  • Some categories are based on circulation numbers or split with two sub-categories for newspapers and magazines.
  • Publications are allowed to enter a maximum of four entries into each category, but a publication can only win once per category.There is no restriction on submitting the same item into different categories.
  • Each entry must be accompanied by an appropriate entry form and submitted in PDF format individually via email to cdnchristiancommunicators@gmail.com.
  • Please mail entries for the category of General Excellence to 8 MacDonald Ave, Hamilton, ON L8P 4N5.