Apr 9 – Apr 15, 2012 Edition Society of Journalists and Authors To Convey Writing Awards

New York, NY/April 10, 2012–The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) in late March announced the recipients of its annual writing awards, honoring the outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the past year.

"Prize-winning entries in the ASJA Awards reflect such writing and stylistic excellence that we authors read them and think ‘I wish I'd written that!'" said Salley Shannon, ASJA's president. "We created the awards not just to honor outstanding work, but to inspire us."

The awards will be presented on April 26 during the 41st annual ASJA Writers Conference, held in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel. ASJA will also recognizes two of its most illustrious members with special awards.

Founded in 1948, ASJA is the professional association of independent nonfiction writers, with more than 1400 members who have met exacting standards for professional achievement. Complete information and copies of the winning articles may be found at


General Nonfiction

WINNER: Running Away to Home by Jennifer Wilson (St. Martin's Press)

Honorable Mention: Blood Work by Holly Tucker (W.W. Norton & Company)

Honorable Mention: Better by Mistake by Alina Tugend (Riverhead Hardcover)

Service/Self Help

WINNER: Naked at Our Age by Joan Price (Seal Press)

Honorable Mention: Built on Values by Nancy Shepherdson (and Ann Rhoades) (Jossey-Bass)

Honorable Mention: Having Children After Cancer by Gina Shaw (Celestial Arts)



WINNER: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn (Viking)

Honorable Mention: Far Away from the Tigers by Jane Katch (University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention: Not Dead Yet by John Hanc (and Phil Southerland) (Thomas Dunne Books)

Children's/Young Adult

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony by Penny Colman (Henry Holt and Company)

Honorable Mention: Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London by Andrea Warren (Houghton Mifflin)


June Roth Award for Medical Journalism — Article

WINNER: "Who's Spiking Your Supplements?" by Laura Beil (Men's Health)

Honorable Mention: "The Hidden Dangers of Outsourcing Radiology" by Katherine Eban (Self)

Arlene Eisenberg Award Honoring Articles that Make a Difference

WINNER: "Fighting Back" by Lisa Armstrong (Essence)

First Person Narrative:

WINNER: "Big Love" by Lise Funderburg (MORE)

Honorable Mention: "Coming Full Circle" by Marian Sandmaier (Psychotherapy Networker)

Honorable Mention: "Me vs. My Stalker" by Julie Weingarden Dubin (Marie Claire)

Personal Essay

WINNER: "Once, a Husband" by Diane Daniel (New York Times)

Honorable Mention: "Sometimes, It's Not You" by Sara Eckel (New York Times)

Honorable Mention: "The Tumor Tour" by Amy Paturel (The Valley Advocate)

Honorable Mention: "My Best Friend Stole My Brother" by Susan Shapiro (Marie Claire)

Reporting on a Significant Topic

WINNER: "Crisis in the Caves" by Michelle Nijhuis (Smithsonian)

Honorable Mention: "The Gloucester Fish War" by Brendan Borrell (Bloomberg Business Week)


WINNER: "The Chameleon" by John Moir (The Washington Post)


WINNER: "Farm Direct" by Steven Biggs (Country Guide)

Honorable Mention: "Memory Analysis with DumpIt and Volatility" by Russ McRee (ISSA Journal)

Honorable Mention: "Animation Evolution" by Barbara Robertson (Computer Graphics World)


WINNER: "Steering Clear of Disaster" by Ken Miller (Prevention)

WINNER: "Help Your Son Succeed in School" by Jennifer L.W. Fink (Parents)

Honorable Mention: "Testing the Limits" by Richard Laliberte (Family Circle)

Honorable Mention: "At a Hotel on Business? Be On Alert, Too" by Michael Luongo (New York Times)

Lifestyle Narrative

WINNER: "The Great Pumpkin" by Brendan Borrell (Smithsonian)

Honorable Mention: "Antarctica" by Margie Goldsmith (Business Jet Traveler)

Honorable Mention: "Riding the Rails" by Crai S. Bower (Journey)

Business/Technology Article

WINNER: "The Antisocial Network" by Caren Chesler (Popular Mechanics)