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The Banner Takes Home Eight Evangelical Press Association Awards


The Banner garnered several awards last week at the annual convention of the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) for work published in 2014. EPA members produce more than 400 periodicals with a combined circulation of 20 million readers. Awards are given in more than 60 categories.

In the denominational magazine category for overall publication, The Banner received an Award of Merit. The judges wrote, “Nicely produced with a strong sense of formatting cover to cover. I like the treatment with graphics inside.”

Additional awards included:

  • Third place for devotionals: “Bowing but Not Scraping” by Leonard Vander Zee
    “In a caring way readers are offered a chance to do something biblical as a spiritual practice. The conclusion invites readers to continue living the story.”
  • Third place for general article (short): “Winter Grace” by Joyce Kane
    “It was like reading a beautifully composed poem. I felt as if I were there with you.”
  • Third place for general article (long): “Leaving Home: Jesus’ Exile Experience” by Mariano Avila
    “It’s sure to appeal to Bible students and Christians with heightened social consciousness. This is a keeper. I expect it will reappear on various websites annually.”
  • Third place for poetry: “An Advent Prayer” by John Terpstra
    “The phrasing of this poem is sublime. Hope shines through the lines of this poem.”
  • Third place for original art (digital/mixed media) and fifth place for typography and lettering: “Should Christians Carry?” art by Frank Gutbrod
    “Great concept and execution of the type within the pistol illustration.”
  • Third place for a department: “Tuned In,” Kristy Quist, editor
    “Not your average reviews! Nice job of using different authors so there are different voices, blending them into a nice, cohesive offering for the reader. Very appealing!”

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