Byliner Authors Win Pulitzer Prize and Michael Kelly Award John Branch of The New York Times and Brian Mockenhaupt Honored for Their Work
Byliner, the digital publishing startup, is pleased to announce that two of its writers, John Branch and Brian Mockenhaupt, have been honored this week with two of publishing’s most prestigious prizes.
On Monday afternoon, John Branch was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for his extraordinary New York Times story Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, which was published simultaneously in an expanded form as the first in a series of short e-books co-published by the Times and Byliner. The Pulitzer committee cited Branch for “his evocative narrative about skiers killed in an avalanche and the science that explains such disasters, a project enhanced by its deft integration of multimedia elements.”
On Sunday evening, Brian Mockenhaupt won the Michael Kelly Award for his Byliner Original The Living and the Dead. The prize is named for the legendary Atlantic and National Journal editor and author who died during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and is awarded annually by Atlantic Media. In their citation, the judges wrote, “Michael Kelly would have greatly admired the ambition of Mockenhaupt’s work, the courage he displayed in reporting the story, and the power of his writing. It is fitting that on the tenth anniversary of Mike’s death, we are honoring a journalist whose work exemplifies many of the qualities that distinguished Mike’s own reporting from the battlefield.”
The Living and the Dead tells the tragic, deeply moving story of three close friends in a remote Marine encampment in Afghanistan, and the reality of how twenty-first-century combat plays out in the lives of those who fight it. Mockenhaupt, who served two tours of duty in Iraq as an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division, spent eighteen months reporting his story, both on the battlefield and back home as Marines attempted to reintegrate into the world they left behind.
These honors come on the heels of two unprecedented nominations for Byliner’s writers. On April 1, Mockenhaupt’s The Living and the Dead was also chosen as a finalist for the 2013 National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. In addition, Jennifer Haigh’s Byliner short story The Boy Vanishes named a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction. Byliner’s two nominations mark the first time a non-periodical has received such an honor. The winners will be announced on May 2.
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