Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner!

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Congratulations to Natalie Vestin, winner of Prairie Schooner‘s inaugural Creative Nonfiction Contest! Contest judge Steven Church read over 500 excellent submissions, and had this to say about Vestin’s winning essay, “How to Own a Building”:

“Like the introverted architecture it evokes, the voice and structure of ‘How to Own a Building’ draws you in, pulling you down into a deeply essayistic, intellectually and emotionally gratifying exploration of the ways in which we own and are owned by the shells we construct around us. Never sentimental, solipsistic or melodramatic, the essay dips a toe into the powerful currents of 9/11 without letting the rest of the essay get carried away, demonstrating the aesthetic restraint and grace that defines true art.”

“How to Own a Building” will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of Prairie Schooner. Stay tuned for an interview with Natalie! 

Congratulations are also in order for the two runners-up: Kirby Wright, for his essay “Ladder of Glass,” and Garrett J. Brown for his essay, “Galileo in the Uecker Seats.”