Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2012 Non-Fiction Contest

Event's Winter 2013 issue features the two winners of the magazine's 2012 Non-Fiction Contest. There were 101 entries, ten of which were selected by Event's staff and sent (without the writer's names attached) to Zsuzsi Gartner, the contest judge.

Winners:
Mary B. Valencia: "The Decision"
Libby Zeleke: "We Were Punk Rockers"

Gartner writes that she wasn't surprised that all ten pieces she read were memoirs: "Although it was disappointing not to discover narrative non-fiction tha was more outward looking, it did make my job easier. Apples to apples it would be—and some crisp Ambrosias, tangy Empires, sweet Galas, and pie-worthy Granny Smiths were found in the mix. So I come not to bury the memoir, but to praise it!"

8 short-listed entries:
Paige Cooper: "The Dead in Georgetown"
Trisha Cull: "The Doctor Scott Journals
Chris Donahue: "Where Poison Gets Ya"
Katherine Fawcett: "Promo Girl"
Kirsten Madsen: "Kestrel"
Sigal Samuel: "Sadder Than You"
Emily Walker: "The Grey Goose and Wild Turkey Years"
Terence Young: "Liquor Run"