1st Prize: $100.... 2nd Prize: $50.... Third Prize:.... $25

Category Details

Up to 6,000 words. I am looking for essays dealing with matters of culture, race, and a sense of place, either within the smaller microcosm of self-identity or within the larger environment of family, society and world interactions. I seek essays in the traditional form, my definition being the conscious shaping of nonfiction prose around a central idea or subject. In E. B. White's words, you will be putting your "finger on a little capsule of truth," using reality to point to your truth, not fiction.

About Judge/Sponsor

TARA L. MASIH (Andover, MA) 

is an award-winning writer and editor with an MA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. She has published fiction and poetry in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. Her essays have been read on NPR and reprinted in textbooks, and she was a regular contributor to the Indian-American and Masala magazines, in which her essays on the topics of race and culture were often featured. She works as a freelance book editor in Massachusetts and is editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (a ForeWord Book of the Year) and author of Where the Dog Star Never Glows (a Best Books Award finalist).She recently edited The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays, collected from past Soul-Making Keats Contests; it's being taught in classrooms around the country and in Canada and abroad, and received multiple book awards, including a Skipping Stones Honor Award, a Benjamin Franklin Finalist Award, and a ForeWord Book of the Year Award.  


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First Prize: Maggie Spence of Tempe, AZ for “The Dog Catcher of Jamiru”

Second Prize: Gail Kenna of Wicomico Church, VA for “One Face from the Shadow of Millions”

Third Prize: Helen Marie Casey of Sudbury, MA for “What Meets the Eye”

Honorable Mentions: Naihobe Gonzalez of Berkeley, CA for “Natalia and Me”; Paula Mahoney of Santa Cruz, CA for “Becoming and Un-Becoming a Woman”; Tiana Tozer of Portland, OR for “Minority Report”; Julia Older of Hancock, NH for “Black Orpheus and I in Brazil”