Best writer; Permanent Triumvirate; May His Name Never Die
One way in which fiction writing is unique as an art is the degree to which idea can exist with form, thought with feeling. In this, Jack London was a master, his stories incredibly balanced between emotional whallop, visceral thrill and intellectual challenge.
It is well possible you’ve never heard of Jack London. There are a lot of tragedies in the world, for sure, but surely one of them is how few people still know who Jack London is. (I know this to be true, I once demanded it of the crowd on a Toronto subway car.)
Jack London is my award winner for Best Writer, Ever.