Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle won first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors 2020 contest in Category A Short Feature.

Rome will be presented a first-place plaque at the 2021 APSE Summer Conference Banquet at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 18.

Adam Jude of The Seattle Times finished second and Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News was third.

A Short Feature entry is a feature story that rewards the many shorter stories that are outstanding but don’t command the length that more deeply reported pieces demand. A Short Feature entry in Category A cannot exceed 1,500 words.

Sports editors in Category A submitted 58 stories. The contest is open to APSE members. 

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Contest chair and First Vice President Gary Potosky and fellow APSE officers — President Lisa Wilson, Second Vice President Jorge Rojas and Third Vice President Steve Hemphill prepared the entries.

Because this year’s in-person APSE Winter Conference was canceled due to the pandemic, all judging was remote during three weeks in February. Each category had a set of judges examine all entries, choose a Top 10 as a group (in some cases, the ranking includes fewer or more than 10 entries), and each of those judges ranked the finalists individually. A second set of judges in each category then also ranked those finalists.

The winner and final rankings are determined by tallying the ballots.

The winner in each category will receive a plaque at the summer conference. The second- through 10th-place finishers will receive frameable certificates.

The top 10 is listed below with links to the winning entries, and voting results.

1. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, 43 points, 1 first-place vote

2. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, 41 points, 2 first-place votes

3. Callie Caplan, The Dallas Morning News, 40 points, 2 first-place votes

4. Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 32 points

5. Luke DeCock, The News & Observer, 26 points

6. Alex Coffey, The Athletic, 24 points

7. Matt Vensel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 22 points

8. Frank Fitzpatrick, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 18 points

9. Jamal Collier, Chicago Tribune, 17 points

10. Nicole Yang, The Boston Globe, 12 points