The first Golden Quill Award in 1961 went to Hal De Cell of the Deer Creek Pilot, Rolling Fork, Miss. Then, as now, the award recognized good opinion writing in the non-daily field. There are usually as many as 100 entries.

Eligibility: All newspapers of less than daily frequency (published less than five days per week) are qualified to enter. Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.

Entries should reflect the purpose of the ISWNE: Encouraging the writing of editorials or staff-written opinion pieces that identify local issues that are or should be of concern to the community, offer an opinion, and support a course of action.

Cost: $20 per person (two entries allowed per person) for ISWNE members, $25 for non members.

For more information on how to enter, click here.

Golden Quill Winners

Year Recipient Newspaper
2018 Mark Ridolfi North Scott Press, Eldridge, Iowa
2017 Peter Weinschenk The Record-Review, Abbotsford, Wisc.
2016 Mike Buffington The Jackson (Georgia) Herald
2015 Roger Harnack Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, Omak, Washington
2014 Brian J. Hunhoff Yankton County Observer, Yankton, South Dakota
2013 Peter Weinschenk The Record-Review, Abbotsford, Wis.
2012 Vernon Oickle The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Nova Scotia, Canada
2011 Peter Weinschenk The Record-Review, Abbotsford, Wis.
2010 Mo Mehlsak The Forecaster, Falmouth, Maine
2009 David Martin The Pitch, Kansas City, Mo.
2008 Melissa Hale-Spencer The Altamont Enterprise, Altamont, N.Y.
2007 Lori Evans Homer News, Homer, Alaska
2006 Gary Sosniecki The Vandalia Leader, Vandalia, Missouri
2005 Bill Lueders Isthmus, Madison, Wis.
2004 Charles Gay Shelton-Mason County Journal, Shelton, Wash.
2003 Jeremy Waltner Freeman Courier, Freeman, South Dakota
2002 Paul MacNeill The Eastern Graphic, Montague, PEI, Canada
2001 William F. Schanen III Ozaukee Press, Port Washington, Wis.
2000 Jeff McMahon New Times, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
1999 Jeff McMahon New Times, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
1998 Gary Sosniecki Webster County Citizen, Seymour, Mo.
1997 Tim Giago Indian Country Today, Rapid City, S.D.
1996 Patricia Calhoun Denver Westword, Denver, Colo.
1995 Brian J. Hunhoff The Missouri Valley Observer, Yankton, S.D.
1994 Jim MacNeill The Eastern Graphic, Montague, PEI, Canada
1993 Michael D. Myers Granite City (Ill.) Press-Record
1992 Hope Aldrich The Santa Fe (N.M.) Reporter
1991 Stuart Taylor Jr. Legal Times, Washington, D.C.
1990 Bill Lueders Isthmus, Madison, Wis.
1989 Tim Redmond Bay Guardian, San Francisco, Calif.
1988 Michael G. Lacey The New Times, Phoenix, Ariz.
1987 Ellen L. Albanese The Country Gazette, Franklin, Mass.
1986 Henry G. Gay Shelton-Mason County Journal, Shelton, Wash.
1985 William F. Schanen III Ozaukee Press, Port Washington, Wis.
1984 John McCall The SandPaper, Ocean City, N.J.
1983 Francis C. Zanger Bellows Falls (Vt.) News-Review
1982 Albert Scardino The Georgia Gazette, Savannah, Ga.
1981 Janelou Buck Sebring (Fla.) News
1980 Garrett Ray Independent Newspapers, Littleton, Colo.
1979 R. W. van de Velde The Valley Voice, Middlebury, Vt.
1978 Robert Estabrook Lakeville (Conn.) Journal
1977 Rodney A. Smith Gretna (Va.) Gazette
1976 Peter Bodley Coon Rapids Herald, Anoka, Minn.
1975 Betsy Cox The Madison County Newsweek, Richmond, Ky.
1974 Paul McLaughlin The Miami Republican, Paola, Kan.
1973 Robert Estabrook Lakeville (Conn.) Journal
1972 C. Peter Jorgenson The Advocate, Arlington, Mass.
1971 Edward DeCourcy Newport (N.H.) Argus Champion
1970 Richard Taylor Kennett News & Advertiser, Kennett Square, Pa.
1968 Henry H. Hull IV The Abington Journal, Clarks Summit, Pa.
1969 Dan Hicks, Jr. Monroe County Democrat, Madisonville, Tenn.
1967 Alvin J. Remmenga Cloverdale (Calif.) Reveille
1966 Owen J. McNamara Brookline (Mass.) Chronicle-Citizen
1961 Hal De Cell Deer Creek Pilot, Rolling Fork, Miss.
1965 Robert E. Fisher Crossett (Ark.) Observer
1964 Mrs. R.M.B. Hicks Dallas (Pa.) Post
1963 Hazel Brannon Smith Lexington (Miss.) Advertiser
1962 Don Pease Oberlin (Ohio) News Tribune

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