ASJA 2019 Annual Writers Conference
 
New Registration
Select 'new registration' above to purchase award submissions for the 2019 Awards Program. Submitting entries is a two part process; purchase your desired number of entries through the registration option above, then proceed to the submission site via the conference link, which will automatically be emailed to you.
 
Please note that the Awards Program submission site is hosted through the Annual Conference site, and shares the same registration process. By purchasing award submissions you are not registering for the Annual Conference.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 7, 9 pm Eastern.

Click here for a step-by-step guide.

2019 Awards Co-Chairs:
Salley Shannon, ASJA Past President and Helen Wolkowicz
 
For a list of past award winners, please click here

AWARDS OPEN TO ALL
 
The Arlenes: Books and Articles That Make a Difference

ASJA member Howard Eisenberg established the Arlene Eisenberg Memorial Fund to honor his late wife, the author of What to Expect When You're Expecting and other bestselling books that made a difference in the lives of mothers worldwide. Income generated by the fund allows ASJA to give monetary awards to winners of "Arlenes," which are given annually for articles and once every three years for books. The winning book or freelance article must have "made a difference" by inspiring positive action within a locale or community, society, or the world. In the past, the award has been given for articles or books that inspired readers to do such things as lobby for legislation or to form an advocacy group. Past winners also have stirred officials to launch an investigation, correct an injustice, or remove a hazard.

The Arlene Article Award is presented annually for an article published within the prior two years. For 2019, eligible articles must have been published in 2017 or 2018.

The Arlene Book Award typically is awarded every three years. For 2019, eligible books must have been published in 2016, 2017, or 2018.


To be considered for an Arlene, articles and books MUST be:
         
  • Published in the United States within the stated period
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  • Freelance written
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  • Accompanied by documentation supporting the positive impact of the book or article. This may include evidence of media coverage, testimonials, or other public recognition.

The Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

This award honors ASJA's third president, a noted investigative writer.  Articles entered should demonstrate outstanding writing and organization plus new or hitherto unrevealed research.  Or if the topic frequently gets attention, it should show it in a new light.

The work of any writer may be nominated so long as it is freelance-written and published or released in the United States during the eligibility period. (Staff-written work does not qualify.)

If the work was supported by a grant or payment from a foundation or other organization, or the author was otherwise aided (such as in data collection or statistical analysis) we ask that this be noted at the time of submission, along with the time period for any such support. This is solely for the purpose of establishing that the work was freelance-written.

Outstanding Article Awards

These awards honor writers whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence in writing, research and clarity of presentation.

Categories:
         
  • Fitness & Sports - New in 2019, this includes pieces on running, fitness, and any sport or specific sporting event. Profiles may be entered here or in "Profiles", but not both.
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  • Food & Drink - New in 2019, this includes articles about food, wine, beer, a restaurant or restaurants, a vineyard, cooks, and the like.
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  • Opinion/Op-Eds - Category may include blog posts published by third parties. In addition to the writer’s opinion, entries must include reported evidence/research.

AWARDS OPEN TO ASJA MEMBERS ONLY

June Roth Memorial Awards for Outstanding Medical Book and Article

The June Roth Memorial Fund was established by her late husband to honor our 31st president, a well-known medical writer. Income generated by the fund provides monetary awards to ASJA members whose articles or books represent exceptional achievement in health and medical writing. The June Roth Article Award is offered every year.

For 2019, eligible articles must have been published in 2018. The June Roth Book Award typically is presented every three years. For 2019, a book must have been published in 2016, 2017, or 2018.


Outstanding Book Awards

These awards are conferred upon ASJA members whose nonfiction books are deemed significant, exceptionally well-researched and skillfully written.

Open to members' books published in the United States during calendar year 2018. Entries may be written by an individual author or may be collaborative works. Self-published books, ebooks, and traditionally published books may be nominated.

The categories:
         
  • Biography/History   
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  • Children/Young Adult Nonfiction
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  • General Nonfiction
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  • Memoir/Autobiography
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  • Service/Self-help
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  • June Roth Award for a Medical Book

Outstanding Article Awards


These awards honor ASJA members whose articles, produced on a freelance basis, have demonstrated excellence in writing, research and clarity of presentation.

Categories:
         
  • Blog Post, Personal - This is intended for posts, or a collection of no more than three related posts on the same topic, published on personal blogs. [Articles appearing on third-party blogs should be entered in Opinion/Op-Ed or Reported Essays.]
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  • Business, including Marketing - This category, new in 2019, is for any business-related article, including "ghosted" pieces. (Honor system. If you tell us you wrote it, that's enough.)
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  • Excellence in Reporting - The category was formerly called "Reporting on a Significant Topic." Consideration will be given to the relevance and universality of the topic, as well as overall excellence.
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  • First-Person Essays - The category includes personal essays that are entirely based on personal experiences, reflections or observations. [See Reported Essays.]
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  • Health - Any piece on a health or fitness topic is eligible, no matter where published.
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  • How-To - Formerly "Service" articles. These may include advice, self-help, or how to do something.

  • Lifestyle - articles on matters of culture, style, leisure and home pursuits (including decorating and companion animals), art and music criticism and reviews.
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  • Profiles - The category (new as a "stand alone" in 2019) includes all profiles, no matter where published. Formerly, members entered profiles appearing in trade journals in the "Trade" category.
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  • Reported Essays - This category, new in 2019, is for personal essays that incorporate research supporting the topic.
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  • Technology and Science - Articles on any tech or science subject may be entered.
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  • Trade - This category includes pieces that appeared in a specialized industry or professional publication intended for members or those who work in a specific field.
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  • Travel - Any narrative travel article is eligible. New in 2019.