This evening at a banquet, it was announced that the honor was honorable mention, Online Columns category. Here is a list of all winners.
Here is the judge’s comment:
Ben S. Pollock for the sweet personal observations about Northwest Arkansas life”
I accept the award. After all, this is the first national award for me for anything ever. The best part was the applause from the audience. I didn’t expect gasps and boos, but it was truly sweet music from friends and colleagues. I got to shake the hand of one of my idols, Jon Carroll.
Of my three columns, one is a Benchleyesque fantasy not set anywhere in particular, another is a critique of hypocritical local fundraising and the third is, yes, a sweet personal observation. I am grateful the judge was moved by Nick Masullo; that’s him not me.
Pretty cool, though.