ASJA Writing Awards Recipients


Susanna Hope
Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence
Golden Inkwell Books

June Roth

2016 Medical
Lochlann Jain
Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us
University of California Press

Outstanding Book

2016 Biography or History
Marvin J. Wolf
Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate

2016 Children
Andrea Warren
The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas
Two Lions

2016 General Nonfiction
Kim Cross
What Stands In a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley
Atria Books

2016 Memoir/Autobiography
Kimberly Meyer
The Book of Wanderings: A Mother- Daughter Pilgrimage
Little, Brown and Company

2016 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Beverly Blair Harzog
The Debt Escape Plan: How to Free Yourself From Credit Card Balances, Boost Your Credit Score, and Live Debt-Free
Career Press

2016 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Sandra Lamb
Writing Well for Business Success: A Complete Guide to Style, Grammar, and Usage at Work
St. Martin's Griffin


Francesca Lyman
The Thrift Store Chain That Dressed Up Like A Charity And Got Sued

Donald Robinson Memorial

Tom Robbins
(A Brutal Beating Wakes) Attica's Ghosts
The New York Times

June Roth

2016 Medical
Linda Marsa
The Poisoned Gulf

Outstanding Article

2016 Blog Post
Risa Doherty
A Bittersweet Goodbye as My Firstborn Leaves Home For Good

2016 Business/Technology
Celeste LeCompte
Automation in the Newsroom
Nieman Reports

2016 Business/Technology
Emily Sohn
Every Living Thing

2016 Excellence in Reporting
Vince Beiser
The Sand and the Fury

2016 First Person
Paula Ganzi Licata
Surviving an Alcoholic
The New York Times

2016 Health & Fitness
Linda Marsa
What Your Doctor Should Know About Women

2016 Health & Fitness
Kate Silver
Be the Death of Me
Chicago Health

2016 How-to
Kim Campbell Thornton
Forsake the Snake
UExpress Pet Connection

2016 How-to
Jennifer Breheny Wallace
A Policy of Saying No Can Save You Time and Guilt
Wall Street Journal

2016 Lifestyle
Kimberley Lovato
Born on the Bayou
American Way

2016 Lifestyle
Kim Campbell Thornton
Spirits on Safari
Cigar & Spirits

2016 Op-Ed
Candy Schulman
Just an Ordinary Miscarriage
The New York Times

2016 Profile
Gayle Keck
A Most Personal Venture
Drew Magazine

2016 Profile
Eugene Meyer
Meet Andy Raymond
Bethesda Magazine

2016 Trade
Barbara Robertson
The Making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3D World

2016 Trade
Molly Blake
High-Flying Patriotism
Air Force Sergeants Association

  • 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