First place: Chris Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Read online: What happened to Mason? Chris Anderson’s story was enthralling, as was the presentation. This is where feature writing could go. Second place: Holly Zachariah, The Columbus Dispatch Third place: Andy Smith, The Providence Journal

First place: Jennie McKeon, Northwest Florida Daily News Read online: Adoptive mom flees in tears upon seeing newborn’s birth defects; biological mom decides to keep her ‘little angel’ Powerful stories that didn’t sugar coat anything. Second place: Brian Fraga, The Herald News Third place: Brendan Kurie, Standard-Times

First place: Eric Dundon, Hannibal Courier-Post Read online: Judson’s story: The fight of his young life So emotional and well-written. Second place: Kent Bush, Shawnee News-Star Third place: Wade Allen, Shelby Star

First place: Phil Devitt, The Chronicle Read online: Retired Dartmouth fire chief moved to tears on 95th birthday This is the epitome of feature writing. Kudos. Second place: Aaron Little, Santa Rosa Press Gazette Third place: Jeffrey Pope, Danvers Herald