In its 19th year, the B.W.I. contest attracted 113 participants submitting 301 entries. In addition to first-, second-, and third-place awards, certificates of merit were presented to writers of another 34 articles which scored within 95 percent of third-place tallies in each category. All submissions to the contest were published in 2011. Four active journalists judged each of the categories in the first few weeks of 2012.