Southern Newspapers to underwrite Carmage Walls Commentary Prize, beginning again in 2022

First-place carries a cash prize of $2,000; second-place winners will receive $1,000 (in each of two circulation brackets)


Honoring excellence in editorial writing has been the goal of the Carmage Walls Commentary Prize, presented for many years by the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association.  Beginning in 2022, this award will again be presented — by America's Newspapers — and underwritten by Southern Newspapers, Inc.

The prize is named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership. His friends and associates funded the cost of the awards for the first 10 years. Southern Newspapers, Inc. — led by Lissa Walls Cribb, his daughter, CEO of Southern Newspapers — has been underwriting the cost of the awards since then.

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