2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize Winners
[R]uminate is proud to announce the winners from our 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize, as selected by finalist judge Leslie Leyland Fields The finalists for the short story contest were selected by the Ruminate
staff. Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and thanks to everyone who entered the contest! First place winner, Jessica Wilbanks, was awarded a $1000 cash prize, and her story, and second-place winner Lili Wright’s story, are featured in Ruminate
‘s Issue 24: Heirlooms
. FIRST PLACE Jessica Wilbanks
"Father of Disorder" Jessica lives in a housing co-op in downtown Houston with her cat Sam, her boyfriend Jake, and eight other people. She received her MFA degree in creative nonfiction at the University of Houston, where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast
. Her essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, The Puritan, Sojourners,
and Relevant Magazine
. She recently traveled to Nigeria to conduct research for a narrative nonfiction book about Pentecostal Christianity. SECOND PLACE Lili Wright
"Shopping for Virgins" Lili is author of the memoir Learning to Float
and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek
, and many literary journals. Most recently, her work was noted for distinction in Best American Essays 2010
and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010
. A graduate of Columbia’s MFA program, she teaches writing at DePauw University in Indiana, where she lives in a yellow Victorian house with her husband and their two children. Her essay brings together several of her passions: travel, studying Spanish, and an island in Maine.
"Mud Fork Holler" Bryan Parys
"Shape of a Ghost"
"Seeing What Happens if I Do the Same Thing Over and Over Again" Tristan Mercado
"Virtually Qualified" Kaethe Schwehn
"Tailings" Natalie Vestin
"Purple Light in the House of God" Lori Vos
"A Cloud of Mothers" Ruminate
’s Nonfiction Prize is held annually. Entries may be submitted through our online submission manager. Please read the full guidelines for the nonfiction contest
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