Cause of the Year

In order to encourage our publications to tackle certain important subjects, EPA's annual contest features an annual Cause of the Year. The Board of Directors chooses a specific topic and presents awards for the best material published during that year.


Cause of the Year now includes two categories:
Article and Illustrative Art or Photo


2020 Cause of the Year

Christian Citizenship has been selected by the Board of Directors as the 2020 Cause of the Year. Articles and photos/illustrations published in the calendar year 2020 on this subject may be entered into the contest to be awarded in the spring of 2021.

The 2020 Cause of the Year is sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The ERLC is dedicated to engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and speaking to issues in the public square for the protection of religious liberty and human flourishing. Their vision can be summed up in three words: kingdom, culture and mission. The ERLC has been defined around a holistic vision of the kingdom of God, leading the culture to change within the church itself and then as the church addresses the world. For story ideas and resources, visit erlc.com.

2021 Cause of the Year

Mental Health has been selected by the Board of Directors as the 2021 Cause of the Year. Articles and photos/illustrations published in the calendar year 2021 on this subject may be entered into the contest to be awarded in the spring of 2022.


Cause of the Year History

2019 — Biblical Literacy (sponsored by Biblica)

2018 — Children in Crisis (sponsored by Children's AIDS Fund)

2017 — The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

2016 — None

2015 — International Religious Persecution

2014 — Financial Stewardship

2013 — Extreme Poverty

2012 — Global Poverty

2011 — Making the Bible Accessible

2010 — Human Trafficking

2009 — God as Creator

2008 — Caring for God’s Creation

2007 — Hunger

2006 — Aging

2005 — Sanctity of Human Life

2004 — Racial Reconciliation

2003 — The Global AIDS Pandemic

2002 — Peace in the Middle East

2001 — Restorative Justice