for the Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award, which recognizes outstanding
print and internet coverage of the Belmont Stakes, will close on
to any member of the print/internet media who covered the 145th Belmont
Stakes, won by Palace Malice, the fifth annual Joe Hirsch Memorial
Writing Award is accepting entries in two categories: Belmont Stakes
feature/advance, and Belmont Stakes wrap-up/follow-up.
(hard copy only) must be accompanied by a cover letter, signed by the
author, stating the wish to enter the contest. The cover letter is to
also include contact information, publication information, and the entry
category. No entry fee is required.
Submissions should be
mailed to Eric Wing, Director of Communications and Media Relations, The
New York Racing Association, Inc., PO Box 90, Jamaica, NY 11417,
postmarked no later than Friday, November 15, 2013. No electronic
submissions will be accepted.
The award is named in honor of Joe Hirsch, the longtime executive sports columnist for Daily Racing Form (DRF)
who died on Jan. 9, 2009. A native New Yorker, Hirsch was known as the
dean of American turf writers. He retired in 2003 after a 50-year
career covering racing.
The winners will be announced in June
and will be presented with an engraved crystal bowl at the traditional
post position draw prior to the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. Previous winners were David Grening of DRF and Bob Fortus of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans in 2010; Ed Fountaine of the New York Post and DRF's Jay Privman in 2011; Ed McNamara of Newsday and Todd Simmons of the Staten Island Advance in 2012; and this year's recipients, Mike MacAdam of The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y., and Claire Novak, writing for ESPN.com