The ASJA Awards Committee has announced the following awards for 2013. They will be presented on Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City. The event is part of the ASJA Annual Writers Conference and the public is invited to attend (see the ASJA Calendar for registration).


Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference (Book)

The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray

My Orange Duffel Bag by Sam Bracken ("brought to life by Echo Garrett")

June Roth Book Award:

Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA by Maryn McKenna

June Roth Article Award:

Winner: A Mind in Danger by Victoria Costello (Scientific American Mind)

Honorable Mention: Weaponizing Mosquitoes to Fight Tropical Diseases by Linda Marsa (Pacific Standard)

Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting:

Winner: The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal by Katherine Eban (Fortune)

Honorable Mention: The Dangerous Superbugs Hiding in Your Dinner by Maryn McKenna (Self)

ASJA Extraordinary Service Award:

Grace W. Weinstein (posthumous)


General Nonfiction

Winner: Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan

Honorable Mention: Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth by Kim Kavin

Honorable Mention: Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health by Martha Rosenberg

Honorable Mention: Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing by Constance Hale

Honorable Mention: Mr. Hornaday's War: How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World by Stefan Bechtel


Winner: With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin by Dorothy Foltz-Gray

Honorable Mention: A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life by Allen and Linda Anderson

Honorable Mention: Next Time I Move, They'll Carry Me Out in a Box by Michele Wojciechowski


Winner: Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success by Kelly James-Enger

Honorable mention: Unhooked: How to Quit Anything by Dr. Frederick Woolverton and Susan Shapiro

Honorable mention: The Chinese Way to Wealth and Prosperity: 8 Timeless Strategies for Achieving Financial Success by Michael Justin Lee


Winner: National Geographic Kids Chapter: Ape Escapes!: And More True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly by Aline Alexander Newman



Winner: Was Lou Gehrig's ALS Caused by Tap Water? by Wendee Nicole Holtcamp (Pacific Standard)

Honorable Mention: Our Innate Defense by Rachael Moeller Gorman (Proto)

Honorable Mention: Make it a Decaf by Brendan Borrell (Nature)

Honorable Mention: The Taste of Things to Come by Neil Savage (Nature)

First Person/personal experience

Winner: Desert Renewal by Echo Garrett (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Honorable Mention: Facing my Demons on the CN Tower Edge Walk by Margie Goldsmith (The Globe and Mail)

Honorable Mention: Into the Nines by Evelyn Spence (Skiing)


Winner: A Certain Sparkle by Gayle Keck (Afar)

Honorable Mention: Vinyl Voyagers by Patrick Flanary (narrative.ly)


Winner: Raising My Mother by Candy Schulman (Chicago Tribune)

Honorable Mention: A Soldier's Fight, One Fire At a Time by Fred Minnick (Dallas Morning News)

Honorable Mention: A Visit, And What Really Happened by Susan Shapiro (New York Times, Modern Love)

Honorable Mention: All My Children by Katherine Ozment (Brain, Child)


The Perfectionist by David Wolman (Wired)

Significant Topic

Winner: The Dirty Truth About Hospitals by Laura Beil (Men's Health)

Honorable Mention: Is Your Tap Water Safe? by Rachael Moeller Gorman (Good Housekeeping)


Winner: Solving the Sugar Puzzle by Rachael Moeller Gorman (Eating Well)

Honorable Mention: Quibbling Siblings:Elderly Edition by Lise Funderberg (MORE)


Interrupting Cancer's Travel Plans by Stephen Ornes (Cancer Today)