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

Category Details

A narrative of up to 3,000 words that takes an experience or event and gives it personal meaning. Creative nonfiction is the child of fiction and journalism. Unlike fiction, the characters and events are real, not imagined. Unlike journalism, the writer is part of the story she tells, if not as a participant then as a thoughtful observer. I will be looking for a strong voice, a solid sense of the story, and a clear sense of one's writing style. One last note: think about the STORY you are trying to tell and don't be a slave to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but. This is art, not sworn testimony!

About Judge/Sponsor

KATHERYN KROTZER LABORDE (Metairie, LA) is a writer of prose, fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction. Since 2005, much of her writing has focused on Hurricane Katrina evacuation and early recovery experiences, and for that body of work she received the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation grant.  One of the fruits of that concentrated effort, Do Not Open: The Discarded Refrigerators of Post-Katrina New Orleans, was published by McFarland Publishers in 2010. Creative nonfiction works appeared in Callaloo, CrossRoads, nola diaspora, and other journals. 

As a fiction writer, she was named the recipient of the Pirates' Alley Faulkner Society Medal for the Novella in 2010; a few years before she was awarded the Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist's Fellowship in Literature. A book about The Assumption of Mary (said to be the largest religious painting by a single artist on one canvas) by Frederick J. Brown will be published by Xavier Review Press in 2012.


Essays by Katheryn


First Prize:  Diane Lee Moomey of El Granada, CA for “Diving, in Two Voices”
Second Prize:  Lynn Sunday of Half Moon Bay, CA for “Liar”
Third Prize:  Lyzette Wanzer of San Francisco, CA for “Third Eye”

Honorable Mentions: Susan Lowell of Tucson, AZ for “Peak”; Mary Beth O'Connor of Millbrae, CA for “One Diary and Two Cars”; Barbara Ridley of Albany, CA for “Missing”; Sue Granzella of San Leandro, CA for “Pearls and a Blue Dress” Sara Etgen-Baker of Anna, TX for “I Forgot the Grand Children”