Patrick Smithwick is this year's winner of the $300 A. D. Emmart Memorial Award, for "At The Cross Roads," an article in the September issue of Warfield's magazine about the Right Rev. A. Theodore Eastman, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
Mr. Smithwick, who is publicity director for St. Paul's School, reported on the diocese's current $8 million Cross+Roads fund campaign and likened a bishop to a corporate chief executive officer.
Honorable mention and $50 each went to Susan Baer, features writer in the Washington Bureau of The Sun, for a profile of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; features writer Mary Corey of The Sun, for "A Troubled Legacy," on the problems of young African-American men; and Arthur J. Magida, a writer for the Jewish Times, for "A Quest for Common Ground," on interfaith relations since Vatican II.
Esta Maril is chairman of the Emmart Award Committee. The judges were Dudley P. Digges, Clarinda Harriss Raymond and Barbara Mallonee. The late A. D. Emmart was for 47 years a member of The Baltimore Sun staff, at various times an art critic, book review editor, and editor of The Evening Sun's editorial page.
The award is for writing by a Marylander or published in Maryland, in a general-reader publication, in the humanities. The winners will be honored at 2:30 p.m. today in the Poe Room at the Pratt Library