COLUMBIA, MO., DEC. 8 -- For the third consecutive year, the Style section of The Washington Post has won the J.C. Penney-University of Missouri Award for the best life style section of a large metropolitan daily. Second prize was awarded to The New York Times, and third prize went to the Detroit Free Press.

In all, 33 winners in five writing and six editing categories announced Monday will share $15,650 in prize money in the 28th year of the awards program. They were chosen from among 1,656 entries submitted by 364 newspapers and wire services in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Lynne Duke of The Miami Herald and Randall Richard of The Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin each won $1,000 for excellence in reporting.

Duke's entry, in the single-story category, was for an article in the newspaper's Sunday magazine, "The Graveyard: It Used to Be a Neighborhood. Then Crack Moved In." Duke has since joined the metropolitan news staff of The Washington Post.

In the series and special section category, Richard won for a series called "The Baby Trade: Shopping Central America's Burgeoning Baby Market."

A special award in the series and special section category went to Paul Hendrickson of The Washington Post for "Papa's Boys," on the sons of Ernest Hemingway.