Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing
Established in 2012 by Kurt and Mary Cerulli, the award–which comes with a $5,000 prize–honors excellence in sports writing across genres. The inaugural winner was Ben Fountain for his novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
SPORTS WRITING HALL OF FAME
Sport is an activity that has captivated the minds of great thinkers and writers for ages, from Aristotle to Walt Whitman to John Updike and Don DeLillo. The best sports writing transcends the game and reveals the same drama, excitement, and style found in all great literature. Maxwell Perkins said that Chicago sports columnist Ring Lardner was the most talented writer he knew—a nice tribute considering Perkins was Hemingway’s and Fitzgerald’s editor.
Making its permanent home in the Press Room at Fenway Park, the Sports Writing Hall of Fame honors writers who have made significant contributions to sports literature. The first class of inductees will be unveiled on June 15, 2015, in an on-field ceremony at Fenway Park.
2015 Ceremony At Fenway Park
The 2015 winner of the Cerulli Award, to be announced shortly, will be celebrated on June 15th at an on-field ceremony in Fenway Park where we will also dedicate the Sports Writing Hall of Fame and honor the first class of inductees.