The first thing I noticed is that most of the nominees are white men. They are full-time writers, reporters or editors at their publications. A few are freelance writers and long-time contributers to their publications. Some have already won awards. Some are book authors. Almost all seem based in the mid-west or the East Coast.
The few freelance writers nominated have a relationship with their publication. Translation: They didn’t write one piece for a magazine once.
Now, you can see the list of nominees on many other websites, but so far I haven’t found any sites offering links to the actual articles. It took me a couple of hours, and I didn’t find them all. But in service to you, who might wonder if you could ever write an award-winning article, here are [Read more…] about Who Qualifies as a Beard Finalist, and What They Wrote