DALLAS (FWAA) – The results for the FWAA's 15th
Annual Best Writing
Contest sponsored by Insight have been determined by the judges.
And three writers – Christopher Walsh of the Tuscaloosa News,
Ian R. Rapoport of The Birmingham News and Pete Thamel of The New York
Times – are multiple winners.
Walsh, in the Enterprise Category, and Rapoport, in the Game
Story category, each garnered first-place awards. Other first-place
winners are David Barron of the Houston Chronicle (Loose Deadline),
Pat Forde of ESPN.com (Features), and Ted Miller of the Seattle
There were a total of 236 entries by 93 people in the five categories.
The three FWAA judges awarded first, second, third places and honorable
mentions. All places and honorable mentions will be recognized at
the FWAA Awards Breakfast on Jan. 7 in New Orleans. The first three
places receive cash prizes and certificates. The five winners in
each category also receive plaques.
The five winning entries are highlighted in the FWAA's
newsletter, The Fifth Down, which is on-line at fwaa.com.
Walsh's winning Enterprise entry was a piece on the Marshall
University football tragedy. He also placed second in Loose Deadline.
Rapoport's winning Game Story entry depicted the Alabama-Arkansas
double-overtime game. He also placed third in Enterprise. Thamel
was the only three-category winner with a second place in Game and
honorable mentions in Enterprise and Loose Deadline.
And Barron was the only repeat winner from the 14th annual contest,
with a story about Rice players and coaches viewing the destruction
of Hurricane Katrina Forde's winning feature was a story on the
life and times of Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith. Miller's winning
column featured an account of Coach Dennis Erickson's decision to
leave Idaho after a 10-month stint to take the Arizona State job.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 900 men and
women across North America who cover college football for a living.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game.
The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations,
major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
• Complete results from the FWAA's 15th Annual Best Writing