2020 VPA News and Advertising Contest

Column or Commentary Writing ( Specialty )Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Distinction Magazine
    Entry Title: On the Water: Oyster Navy | A Farewell to Socks | Gunkholing
    Entry Credit: Lorraine Eaton
    Judge Comment: What fun reading. In these short pieces, the author shows her enthusiasm for her subjects, and enthusiasm that is so contagious, readers can't be helped but become enthusiastic about them also.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Style Weekly
    Entry Title: Richard Meagher - commentary
    Entry Credit: Richard Meagher
    Judge Comment: Good watchdog opinion writing that puts together pertinent facts and shines a light on how a deal was killed and why progressives missed a chance to win seats. The writing is clear and pointed, and built on a foundation of facts and in context with the rest of the world.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Style Weekly
    Entry Title: Edwin Slipek - architecture criticism
    Entry Credit: Edwin Slipek
    Judge Comment: This entry is highlighted by a really well done looks at how Richmond's City of Monuments moniker is at risk because so many of the statues that lined the main thoroughfare were of Confederate heroes and have been removed, at least temporarily. This piece deftly combines political and social pressures with the pure aesthetic of the architectural loss in an informative, well-written and engaging way.