Essay Press and the UWB MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics are excited to announce the 2021 winners of their collaborative book contest: Violence Beside by Jade Lascelles and The Bird Hat Wearer's Journal by Sarah Rose Nordgren. Essay Press will publish both books in the coming year, and the authors will be invited to read for the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics Convergence Zone reading series. This year's judge was Ronaldo V. Wilson. The MFA is honored to support these authors and to work with the editors at Essay Press, including MFA alum Travis Sharp (MFA, 2014).
Learn more about the contest winners, their books, and the finalists at the Essay Press website.
The Essay Press/UW Bothell MFA Book Contest publishes manuscripts that extend or challenge the formal possibilities of prose, including but not limited to: lyric essays and prose poems or poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, interdisciplinary historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy.
The next iteration of the contest will be announced in autumn.