Justin Heckert is a writer living in Indianapolis. His work has recently been anthologized in the book Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists

Most Beautiful Story: “Never Let Go,” Kelley Benham, Tampa Bay Times 

Best Essay: Lisa Taddeo, “Why We Cheat,” Esquire

Most Entertaining Profile: Jason Fagone, “Schoolly D is Living the American Dream,” Philadelphia magazine

Best Story from an Online-Only Publisher: “The Ghost,” by Paige Williams, Byliner single

Best Sports Story: “Did This Man Really Cut Michael Jordan?” by Thomas Lake, Sports Illustrated

Best Celebrity Reveal: “What Katie Didn’t Know,” by Maureen Orth, Vanity Fair

Best Political Story: “The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama,” by Tom Junod, Esquire

Best Old Collection of Stories I Dusted Off and Read Again: “The Coast of Good Intentions,” by Michael Byers

Best Gift Someone Gave Me That Involved Reading (that other people should check out): “Alive and Dead in Indiana,” by Michael Martone