WIW awarded its 2006 Washington Writing Prize in the reported non-fiction category to Eugene L. Meyer on June 10 at the gala reception culminating the annual Washington Writers Conference.
Meyer scored a first in the history of the Prizes by having two entries named co-winners of first place in the same category. The judges praised "Down by the River," published in Washingtonian, and "Easy Come, Easy Go," published in Chesapeake Bay Magazine, for "deft and engaging writing. Both articles make skillful use of historical narrative, linking past and present, to produce are evocative accounts of distinctive features of the Mid-Atlantic region.
"Even if you have never heard of Albert LaVallette (Chesapeake Bay Magazine) or visited the Washington waterfront (Washingtonian), Meyer's presentation skill makes you want to learn about them. The differences between the two articles reflect Meyer's versatility. One is the profile of an intriguing individual. The other is a detailed examination of an entire section of a city, addressing its significance and appeal, as well as its problems."
The Washington Writing Prizes are awarded annually to members of Washington Independent Writers for freelance work published during the preceding year. The 2006 judging committee included Washington writers Lester Reingold, Jeff Richards, John Pulley, Linda Thornburg, Michele Wolf and Beryl Lieff Benderly, Prize committee chair, who also made the presentation.