Crisis Coverage Awards: COVID-19 Edition

The American Society of Journalists and Authors is proud to recognize the vital work of journalists worldwide as they help audiences understand all aspects of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Introducing the first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Writing Awards. The contest is now closed. Thank you and good luck to all the entrants!

"Professional journalists are key in helping us all navigate the confusing and conflicting news about a worldwide crisis that is changing our lives," said Janine Latus, chair of the ASJA Crisis Coverage Awards. "ASJA is proud to recognize our colleagues' vital work as they help audiences make sense of all aspects of the coronavirus pandemic."

More than 500 submissions were received for this important writing awards program. Here were the categories: 

Categories:

  • Business & Economy – including all financial aspects, the effect on contract workers, recession, furloughs, open-up movements, remote work, supply chain disruptions, unemployment and travel and tourism.
  • Education – including homeschooling, school-related online classes and virtual internships.
  • Healthcare – including the broad spectrum of COVID-19’s impact on medical personnel, infection spread and testing, hospital overload, the reduction of elective procedures and long-term implication of delayed treatments for issues unrelated to COVID-19.
  • Mental Health – including explorations of resilience, grief, isolation, stress, pandemic fatigue, anxiety, depression and suicide.
  • Personal Essays – first-person accounts of any aspect of the pandemic.
  • Politics & Government – including federal, state, local and international government responses, positions by political entities, effect on campaigns and elections, stimulus efforts and the disparity of COVID-19’s impact on different demographics.
  • Science – including COVID-19 research, efforts toward vaccines and treatments, virus origin and evolution and future implications.
  • Social Adaptation – including parenting and innovative ways of dealing with isolation (i.e. incorporating social distancing into celebrations, finding at-home hobbies, online versions of traditionally in-person activities).
  • Technology – including quarantine chats, Zoom popularity, TV shows from home (like Saturday Night Live), tracking technologies, vaccine/treatment technologies and 3D printing of protective equipment.

Due to the overwhelming response, ASJA has enlisted the help of more than 75 judges to review the contest submissions. Each awards category has been assigned a judging team of award-winning journalists and authors. The winners will be announced in August via this website, a press release and email blast to all entrants as well as to the ASJA community. Winners in each category will be notified via a personal email from the awards chair, Janine Latus, indicating they have won, followed by arrangements to for each winner to receive a cash prize of $350 each.

Thank you to everyone involved in the Crisis Coverage Awards: COVID-19 Edition.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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
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    – Lawrence Welk
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    – 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
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