The Society of Professional Obituary Writers Awards
Each year, The Society of Professional Obituary Writers holds a competition to honor excellence in obituary writing. Obituaries are submitted by reporters and editors from all over the world, and blind-judged by a panel of our members. Winners receive trophies, known as the Grimmies, and are feted at the annual conference.
2011-12 SPOW Award Winners
Best obits of 2011, 2012 honored in Toronto
Best obit 2011: Frank Howard, written by Tom Hawthorn for The Globe And Mail
Best body of work 2011:
Tom Hawthorn, freelance writer for The Globe And Mail
Olive Skene Johnson
Best body of work 2012: Bryan Marquard, Boston Globe
Ann Brooks Carter
Rev. John Crocker Jr.
Best obit 2012: Delfino "Don Vale" Mora, written by Kim Janssen, Chicago Sun-Times
Lifetime Achievement: The society honored Alana Baranick, winner of a 2005 American Association of Newspaper Editors award in obituary writing and SPOW's founder, with a lifetime achievement award.