Nominations for our 2021 Annual Writing Awards will be opening in the Winter of 2020. Look through the categories below and pick your top articles for consideration. More information will be released via ASJA's social media channels regarding the 2021 awards.
Past Award Winners
Thank you to all of those who submitted in the 2021 ASJA Writing Awards. Submissions are now closed!
2021 Awards Categories
AWARDS OPEN TO ALL
The Arlenes: 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 awarded 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 form an advocacy group. Past winners have also 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 2021, eligible articles must have been published in 2019 or 2020.
To be considered for an Arlene, articles MUST be:
- Published in the United States within the stated period
- Freelance written
- 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, the article 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 if 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.
- 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.]
- Business, including Marketing: This category is for any business-related article.
- Excellence in Reporting (formerly called “Reporting on a Significant Topic”): Consideration will be given to the relevance and universality of the topic, as well as overall excellence.
- First-Person Essays: The category includes personal essays that are entirely based on personal experiences, reflections, or observations. [Reported personal essays have their own category, Reported Essays.]
- Fitness & Sports: This includes pieces on running, fitness, and any sport or specific sporting event. Profiles may be entered here or in “Profiles,” but not both.
- Food & Drink: This includes articles about food; wine; beer; a restaurant or restaurants; a vineyard; cooks; and the like.
- Health: Any piece on a health topic is eligible, no matter where published.
- How-To (formerly called “Service”): 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.
- Opinion/Op-Eds: This category may include blog posts published by third parties. In addition to the writer’s opinion, entries must include reported evidence/research.
- Profiles: This category includes all profiles, no matter where published. Formerly, members entered profiles appearing in trade journals in the “Trade” category.
- Reported Essays: This category is for personal essays that incorporate research supporting the topic.
- Science: Articles on any science subject may be entered.
- Social Change: Articles or essays that address current social change or injustice in today’s turbulent climate may be entered.
- Technology: Articles on any tech subject may be entered.
- 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.
- Travel: Any narrative travel article is eligible.
Outstanding Book Awards
These awards are for nonfiction books written by independent (not staff) writers that are deemed significant, exceptionally well-researched, and skillfully written.
Books must have published in the United States during calendar year 2020. Entries may be written by an individual author or may be collaborative works. Self-published books, eBooks, and traditionally published books may be nominated.
- Children/Young Adult Nonfiction
- General Nonfiction
Please note: Only PDF or eBook submissions will be accepted; do not send physical books.
Outstanding Content Awards
These awards honor writers whose articles, produced on a freelance basis for an organization -- a business, nonprofit, hospital, university, or association -- have demonstrated excellence in writing, research, and clarity of presentation.
- B2B Blog or Article: This category includes blogs and articles published in either print or online, written for B2B (Business-to-Business) companies. Only stories that are not focused on products or services will be considered. Entries for any size company or industry are welcome.
- B2C Blog or Article: This category includes blogs and articles published in either print or online, written for B2C (Business-to-Consumer) companies. Only stories that are not focused on products or services will be considered. Entries for any size company or industry are welcome.
- Long-Form Content: This category includes long-form content published in either print or online, written for either B2B or B2C companies. Only stories that are not focused on products or services will be considered. Accepted formats include whitepapers, eBooks, or reports.
AWARDS OPEN TO ASJA MEMBERS ONLY
June Roth Memorial Awards for Outstanding Medical Article and for Medical Book
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 and Book Awards are offered every year.
For 2021, eligible articles must have been published in 2020.
Nomination Procedures for Other ASJA Awards
ASJA Founders Award for Career Achievement
ASJA Extraordinary Service Award
Robert C. Anderson Award
Conscience in Media Award
Open Book Award
To nominate someone for any of these awards, complete the online form HERE. There is no fee. *Please note: this form only pertains to the five awards listed above, and is not related to the ASJA Annual Awards Program.*