The Tampa Bay Times won a top award and nine overall this year from the Society for Features Journalism.
In the national organization's 26th annual Excellence in Features Journalism competition, John Woodrow Cox won first place in the Short Feature category for his "On the Prowl for Love" story about an eligible retiree in Floridian magazine's Dispatches from Next Door. The judges commented: "In less than half the allowed word count for this category, the writer displays a knack for distilling an entire life into important moments. Every sentence has a payoff."
Cox won second place in the same category for his Dispatches story "Cast Off, She Finds Peace."
Other second-place awards:
Sean Daly for a collection of pop music stories in the Feature Specialty Writing Portfolio category.
Ben Montgomery for "But Who's the Joke Really On?" in Arts & Entertainment Feature.
Times staff for "The Last Voyage of the Bounty" in Integrated Storytelling.
Third-place awards went to:
Daly for "Pardners in Rhyme" in Arts & Entertainment Feature.
Michael Kruse for "The Last Voyage of the Bounty" in Series/Project.
Montgomery for "Unbeaten" in Narrative Writing.
Times staff for Bay magazine in Best Niche Product.
The Times competes in SFJ's large-newspaper division, which includes the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. All awards, which honor the craft of feature writing and editing, will be presented during the SFJ national conference this summer in Nashville.