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The Molly National Journalism Prize—Recognizing Superior Journalism in the Tradition of Molly Ivins! Submit your story for the 2014 MOLLY Prize.

The MOLLY Prize is awarded for an article or series of up to four short, related articles or columns telling the stories that need telling, challenging conventional wisdom, focusing on civil liberties and/or social justice, and embodying the intelligence, deep thinking and/or passionate wit that marked Molly’s work.

The 2013 MOLLY National Journalism Prize has been presented to Sarah Stillman of The New Yorker for her article “The Throwaways,” which addresses the use and abuse of juvenile drug offenders as confidential informants by law enforcement officers. The awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, featured seven-time Emmy Award-winning ABC News broadcaster John Quiñones and Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Connie Schultz.

Honorable Mention awards were presented to Shane Bauer for “No Way Out,” an exploration of the extensive and expensive use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons published in Mother Jones; and to the reporting team of Ames Alexander and Karen Garloch of The Charlotte Observer, and Joseph Neff and David Raynor of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., for their joint project, “Prognosis: Profits,” a series about the billing practices, profits of nonprofit hospitals in North Carolina.

Read more about the 2013 winners in “Sarah Stillman Wins Top Award at the 2013 MOLLY National Journalism Prize Dinner.”

For a full list of the 2013 finalists, read “Molly Prize 2013: The Molly National Journalism Prize 2013 Submissions.”


2012: Trevor Aaronson, Mother Jones 
2011: Jeff Sharlet, Harper’s Magazine
2010: A.C. Thompson, ProPublica
2009: Rick Casey, The Houston Chronicle
2008: Diane Suchetka, The Cleveland Plain Dealer