ASJA Writing Awards Recipients


Lisa Armstrong
Fighting Back

Outstanding Book

2012 General Nonfiction
Jennifer Wilson
Running Away to Home, St. Martin's Press
2012 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Joan Price
Naked at Our Age
Seal Press
2012 Memoir/Autobiography
Kathleen Flinn
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, Viking

Outstanding Article

2012 Business/Technology
Caren Chesler
The Antisocial Network
Popular Mechanics
2012 Personal Essay
Diane Daniel
Once, a Husband
New York Times
2012 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Michelle Nijhuis
Crisis in the Caves
2012 Service
Ken Miller
Steering Clear of Disaster
2012 Service
Jennifer L.W. Fink
Help Your Son Succeed in School
2012 Trade
Steven Biggs
Farm Direct
Country Guide
2012 Profile
John Moir
The Chameleon
The Washington Post
2012 First Person
Lise Funderburg
Big Love
2012 Lifestyle
Brendan Borrell
The Great Pumpkin

June Roth

2012 Medical
Laura Beil
Who's Spiking Your Supplements?
Men's Health

Career Achievement

Suzanne Loebl

Extraordinary Service Award

Lisa Collier Cool
  • 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