Meredith Goad and Ray Routhier, features reporters for The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, have won awards in the 23rd annual Excellence-in-Features Writing contest of the Society for Features Journalism.

Goad placed third in the General Commentary category for her Soup to Nuts column, which appears Wednesdays in the Food and Dining section.

She was judged on three columns. Her entries were about a Maine couple growing all the food for their own wedding; the culinary school at Southern Maine Community College, and how the Saturday Farmers Market in Portland has become overcrowded.

Routhier won honorable mention in the Short Feature category. The society did not say which story won, but Routhier entered two stories: one on a survey rating Portland as the least sexy city in America, and another on the final days of Shawn Moody’s gubernatorial campaign.

“The competition in this contest is fierce, as it involves newspapers from through the United States and Canada,” said Rod Harmon, deputy managing editor for features for The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. “To have two of our staff writers win awards is quite an accomplishment.”

Goad has been with the Portland newspapers for 22 years, and Routhier for 18 years. They were competing in the division for newspapers with circulations of 90,000 and less.