Our congratulations to Thomas E. Kennedy for winning the 2008 ELLIE, the most prestigious essay award in America.
BEST ESSAYS: This category recognizes excellence in essay writing on topics ranging from the personal to the political. Whatever the subject, emphasis should be placed on the author’s eloquence, perspective, fresh thinking and unique voice.
Winner: Thomas E. Kennedy’s essay, “I Am Joe’s Prostate,” from New Letters, was selected as the best essay published in an American magazine at the 43rd Annual National Magazine Awards on May 1, 2008. The awards are sponsored by The American Society of Magazine Editors.
Kennedy’s essay was one of six finalists that included work from The Atlantic, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s Magazine, and The New Yorker. Among the authors were Stephen King and Walter Kern, but Kennedy won.
Latest news from THE WASHINGTON POST: New Letters snagged the essay award for "I Am Joe's Prostate" by Thomas E. Kennedy. " 'I Am Joe's Prostate' steals its title from the 1950s Reader's Digest series, but Reader's Digest was never like this," the judges wrote. "Wince-inducing, outrageously honest and wickedly funny, Thomas E. Kennedy's account of his prostate-cancer scare is essay writing at its most original. Laugh the whole way through, then ponder the subtext of medical testing gone haywire."