ASJA Writing Awards Recipients


Janisse Ray
The Seed Underground

Echo Garrett
My Orange Duffel Bag

Outstanding Book

2013 General Nonfiction
Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K
2013 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Kelly James-Enger
Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success
2013 Children
Aline Alexander Newman
National Geographic Kids Chapter: Ape Escapes!: And More True Stories

2013 Memoir/Autobiography
Dorothy Foltz-Gray
With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin

Outstanding Article

2013 Business/Technology
Wendee Nicole Holtcamp
Was Lou Gehrig's ALS Caused by Tap Water?
Pacific Standard
2013 Personal Essay
Candy Schulman
Raising My Mother
Chicago Tribune
2013 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Laura Beil
The Dirty Truth About Hospitals, Men's Health

2013 Service
Rachael Moeller Gorman
Solving the Sugar Puzzle
Eating Well
2013 Trade
Stephen Ornes
Interrupting Cancer's Travel Plans
Cancer Today
2013 Profile
David Wolman
The Perfectionist
2013 First Person
Echo Garrett
Desert Renewal
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2013 Lifestyle
Gayle Keck
A Certain Sparkle

June Roth

2013 Medical
Victoria Costello
A Mind in Danger
Scientific American Mind
2013 Medical
Maryn McKenna
Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

Donald Robinson Memorial

2013 Investigative Journalism
Katherine Eban
The Truth About the Fast and Furious Scandal

Extraordinary Service Award

Grace Weinstein (posthumous)

Career Achievement

Florence Issacs
  • 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