DALLAS — Three former first-place winners — Dennis Dodd, Christopher Walsh and Edward Aschoff — garnered first-place finishes again in the 26th Annual FWAA Best Writing Contest. John Bohnenkamp was a first-time winner in Game Story to account for the other top award.
Jesse Temple, Chris Vannini, David Teel and Dodd claimed awards in different categories. Please note, writers are identified by their affiliation (below) at the time they wrote the stories. A few have changed affiliations.
First-place winners will receive game balls, certificates and cash prizes. Second- and third-place winners will get certificates and cash prizes. Honorable mention award recipients will receive certificates. All will be recognized at the annual FWAA Awards Breakfast on Jan. 7, 2019, in San Jose, Calif.
Click on the name of any of the first-place winners to read their winning story.
FIRST PLACE — John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa)
SECOND PLACE —Max Olson, The Athletic
THIRD PLACE — Nicole Auerbach, The Athletic
HONORABLE MENTION — Jesse Temple, Land of 10; David Teel, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.; Bill Bender, Sporting News; Chris Vannini, The Athletic
FIRST PLACE — Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports.com
SECOND PLACE — Chris Tomasson, St. Paul Pioneer Press
THIRD PLACE — Jesse Temple, Land of 10
HONORABLE MENTION — Chris Vannini, The Athletic; David Hale, ESPN.com; Mirin Fader, Bleacher Report
FIRST PLACE — Mark Schlabach and Edward Aschoff, ESPN.com
SECOND PLACE — David Teel, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.
THIRD PLACE — Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports
HONORABLE MENTION — J.P. Scott, Athlon Sports; Ron Higgins, NOLA.com/Times-Picayune; Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com; Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman
FIRST PLACE — Christopher Walsh, SEC Country
SECOND PLACE — Dennis Dodd and Jon Solomon, CBSSports.com
THIRD PLACE — David Ching, Ross Dellenger and Luke Johnson, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.
HONORABLE MENTION — Alex Scarborough, ESPN.com; Matt Hayes, Bleacher Report; Jesse Temple, Land of 10