The Journal of the Barber Coin Collectors' Society has been published since Spring of 1989.
In 1991, the BCCS had a Literary Contest for the articles in the first 12 issues, in Volumes I, II, and III.
After a transition of leadership, no further contests were held until 1999, when an annual contest was created for articles in that year's issues, with the winner
voted by the membership, and presented the following year.
Prizes were monetary in nature, with first place winning $50, second place $25, and third place receiving a free year's BCCS membership.
Beginning in 2016 (for the 2015 issues of the Journal), the contest has been enhanced. While the monetary prizes remain unchanged, the winner will also receive the new David Lawrence Literary Award,
named in honor of David Lawrence Feigenbaum, one of the leading forces behind the creation of the BCCS, author of the original Complete Guide books on Barber coins, frequent
contributor and Journal Editor, and founder of David Lawrence Rare Coins. Sadly, Dave passed away in 2002 after a battle with ALS. He remains one of the Barber greats of all time.
In 2019, the BCCS created a new award for favorite "Featured Collection" centerfold in the Journal. The new award was named the Mike Hayes Award in
honor of a long-time member known for building particularly attractive collections of Barbers. Mike, who passed away in 2017, was also a co-instructor of the class, The Coinage of Charles Barber at the ANA Summer Seminar. The prize is a free year of BCCS membership.