ASJA Writing Awards Recipients


Melba Newsome
True Crimes, False Confesions
O, the Oprah Magazine
Lisa Armstrong
It Takes a Village
Christine Larson
A New Way to Ask, 'How Green Is My Conscience?"
The New York Times
Katherine Eban
Dangerous Doses

Outstanding Book

2007 General Nonfiction
Edwin Black
Internal Combustion

2007 General Nonfiction
Victor Chase
Shattered Nerves

2007 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Allen and Linda Anderson
Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster

2007 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Carol Evans
This is How We Do It, The Working Mother's Manifesto

Outstanding Article

2007 Business/Technology
Michael Fitzgerald
Grand Plans
Boston Globe Sunday Magazine
2007 Business/Technology
Alison Stein Wellner
Gary Heavin is on a Mission from God
2007 Personal Essay
Christie Aschwanden
One Daughter, One Dad, Two Bikes
Health June 2006
2007 Personal Essay
Lisa Collier Cool
Rescuing Rosalie
Ladies' Home Journal
2007 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Jonathen Green
Hooked on the Gold Rush
The Mail
2007 Service
Christine Larson
Taking Care of Mom and Dad
U.S. News and World Report
2007 Service
Russell Wild
Your Take-Charge Guide to Affordable Health Care
AARP: The Magazine
2007 Profile
Sarah Richards
Master of the Guillotine
The Walrus Magazine

June Roth

2007 Medical
Lisa Collier Cool
Saving the Smallest Patients
Good Housekeeping

Career Achievement

Claudia Dreifus

Extraordinary Service Award

Claire Safran
  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson