Annual Writing Awards Rules

  • All articles and books considered for an award must have been published in the preceding year, unless otherwise noted.
  • There is no limit on the number of books and/or articles that may be nominated, but each item may be nominated in only one category.
  • Unless otherwise noted, entries may be self-nominated or nominated by someone else. (Most entries are self-nominated and receive full consideration.)
  • Articles can be submitted as either a PDF copy or the URL of the article and uploaded through the online submission process.
  • Books can be submitted as pdf or ebook through the online submission portal. Please note that for 2021 ASJA will not be able to accommodate physical book submissions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The book category will be judged virtually.
  • Fees for ASJA members: First entry $25, second entry $20, third and fourth entry $15, each additional entry $10 each.
  • Fees for non-members: First entry $40, second entry $30, third and fourth entry $25, each additional entry $15 each.
  • Entries are judged by the ASJA Awards Committee. It is up to the judges to determine whether there is a winner in any particular category.
  • Winners will be notified prior to award presentation and promotion.
  • ASJA uses a third-party platform, Submittable, for the ASJA Awards. Any person wishing to participate in the ASJA Awards is subject to the terms and conditions of using Submittable’s site.
  • ASJA staff are not able to complete submissions on behalf of any user. If you are finding it difficult to submit your awards entry please contact Submittable support.
  • For the ASJA awards credit card payments are the only acceptable form of payment. Checks, electronic payments or other payment types will not be accepted.

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, fill out the online form HERE. There is no fee charged. *Please note this form only pertains to the five awards listed above, and is not related to the ASJA Annual Awards Program.*

  • 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
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – 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