American Society of Journalists and Authors Announces Winners of 2015 Writing Awards



Playboy’s March 2014 “Prescription for Death” by Vince Beiser awarded best
“Reporting on a Significant Topic”

March 24, 2015, New York, NY — The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) announces the recipients of its annual writing awards, honoring the outstanding nonfiction work produced on a freelance basis during the past year.

All are welcome to the ASJA Awards Gala on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel. It’s part of ASJA2015: Connect for Success, ASJA’s annual writers conference, which brings together 500+ independent writers, editors, agents and publishers. Several winners are part of the conference program. Tickets for the Gala, and full Conference information is available here.

2015 ASJA Awards — Outstanding Book Prizes

Children’s or Young Adult
Side-by-Side Baseball Stars by Matt Chandler

General Nonfiction
Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas by John Pollack
Honorable Mention: Murderous Minds: Exploring the Criminal Psychopathic Brain: Neurological Imaging and the Manifestation of Evil by Dean A. Haycock

Memoir or Biography
Unstill Life by Gabrielle Selz
Honorable Mention: The Bosnia List by Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro

Service or Self-Help
The Recovery Book by Catherine Dold and Howard Eisenberg
Honorable Mention: The Digital Mystique by Sarah Granger


2015 ASJA Awards — Periodical Prizes
* denotes categories open to the public

Arlene Eisenberg Award for an Article that Makes a Difference *
Light Bulb Moments for a Nonprofit” by Christine Larson for The New York Times

June Roth Award for Medical Writing
America’s Getting the Science of Sun Exposure Wrong” by Jessica Seigel for Nautilus

Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism *
Angels of Death” by Dan Patterson for

Business/Technology Science
Comprehension Test” by Rachael Moeller Gorman for Proto magazine
Honorable Mention: “The Coward” by Caren Chesler for Aeon

Dramatic Narrative
Haiyan Diary” by David Page for

First Person
Why I Can’t Be My Son’s Mother” by Shannon S. Miller for Scholastic Parent and Child

The Re-birth of Awe” by Todd Pitock for National Geographic Traveler

Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Industry” by Todd Pitock for Haaretz

Personal Essay or Opinion
I Fought (and lost) the Battle Against Christmas” by Caren Chesler for Salon

Rolling with Michael Herklots” by Thomas Bedell for Celebrated Living
Honorable Mention: “There’s Money in Grumpy Cat” by Christina Rouvalis for Hemispheres

Reporting on a Significant Topic
Prescription for Death” by Vince Beiser for Playboy magazine
Honorable Mention: “New Hope for Soldiers Disfigured in War” by Liza Gross for Discover Magazine

Clucked” by Rachael Moeller Gorman for Men’s Health 

Thank You For Not Smoking” by Tori DeAngelis for APA Monitor on Psychology


About ASJA
ASJA is the professional association of independent nonfiction writers. Founded in 1948, its more than 1200 members have each met exacting standards of professional achievement. For more information, visit


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