Distinguished Writing Awards

The purpose of this award is to showcase quality writing. The award is judged solely on the quality of writing, without regard to circulation or category. The rules for entering this category follow the general entry rules of the Keystone Press Awards. The following also apply:

  • The contest is open to individual writers only; no team entries. Winner will receive a personalized plaque.
  • Entries must include three pieces of work, and may include various types of articles.
  • Work that has been entered in any other category (news, column, series, etc.) is acceptable.
  • Any type of article may be entered, including those not listed in the entry categories.

Past Distinguished Writing Winners


Congratulations to the 2015 Distinguished Writing Award winners:

Multi-day Publications:

First Place - Dave Mekeel, Reading Eagle Company

Second Place - Stephanie Farr, Philadelphia Daily News

Weekly Publications:

First Place - Paul Barker, TheBurg

Second Place - Emily Guendelsberger, Philadelphia City Paper


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