2014 NONFICTION WINNERS
Madeleine Cravens' "Boys and Girls: Growing Up In Four Parts" from The Adroit Journal
Erica Sklar's "Legacy" from The Summerset Review
This is for all the boys that grabbed my neck in the dark of movie theaters. Boys with beer, boys with guarded egos. They grabbed like there was something inside me they needed to get out.
Michael Soloway's "Share the Chameleon" from Split Lit Magazine
For me, being an American Jew has always meant occasional conversations about avoiding Germany or not buying German products. Typically, in my family, these conversations were begun and carried out by foreign in-laws or people my grandparents' age. We'd sit on a plush couch, CNN on in the background, and someone would say something about Lebanon, and someone else would compare Arab extremists to Germans, and someone else would mutter, "fucking Nazis."
Johanna Stoberock, with James Bigbee Garver's "Will Help Be Given?" from Better: Culture and Lit
My mom shows me her new tits then asks me to draw a tattoo on her shoulder before dinner.
Nicole Walker's "Five Micro-Essays" from The Account
I live in a rural area; Walla Walla is the largest town for sixty miles. It's a wheat town mostly, though the wine industry has become a bigger and bigger part of the town's economy over the past twenty years. There's a prison here too, not even two miles from Main Street, the largest and oldest penitentiary in the state.
At Fry's Grocery and Drugstore, the plastic bags are tinted brown. Thin enough to see through, they should be strong enough to hold at least three items. But the clerks at Fry's dig their hands into the abundance of bags and love them for their singularity.