The results for the 30th Annual FWAA Best Writing Contest presented by collegepressbox include one writer who claimed a first place for a second straight year, one writer who had three awards and two first-time winners.
Dave Wilson of ESPN.com won first place in Column after winning in Feature last year. Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com took first in Game Story and added two honorable mentions. Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle (Features) and Tom Shanahan of the TomShanahan Report (Enterprise) were first-time first-place winners.
Three other writers — Drew Davison, formerly of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ryan McGee of ESPN.com and Chris Vannini of The Athletic — each claimed two awards.
First-place winners will receive game balls from Big Game and collegepressbox. Finishers 1-3 receive cash prizes and certificates. Honorable mentions receive certificates. The first-place entries are displayed in The Fifth Down. Follow the links below to read those stories.
To read the first-place stories, click on the links below.
Second Place — James Crepea, The Oregonian
Third Place — Ivan Maisel, On3.com
Honorable Mention — Max Olson, The Athletic; Ryan McGee, ESPN.com; Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times
Second Place — David Ubben, The Athletic
Third Place — David Hale, ESPN.com
Honorable Mention — Steve Kornacki, The Kornacki Wolverine Report, Substack.com; David Teel, Richmond Times-Dispatch; Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
Second Place — Mike Griffith, AJC-DawgNation
Third Place — Ryan McGee, ESPN.com
Honorable Mention — Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Chris Vannini, The Athletic; Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
Second Place — Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Third Place — Audrey Snyder, The Athletic
Honorable Mention — Chris Vannini, The Athletic; Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle; Matt Fortuna and Pete Sampson, The Athletic