We are pleased to announce that our 2021 judge Jane Alison has selected a winner and runner-up as well as two honorable mentions from a slate of finalists and semi-finalists for North American Review's 2021 Terry Tempest Williams Prize in Creative Nonfiction. A big thank you to everyone who submitted an essay for the prize. We had 245 entries this year, and we thoroughly enjoyed reading such an abundance of excellent nonfiction. The winner and runner-up will appear in the Summer 2021 issue of the North American Review, and all entrants will receive a copy.
Laura Haugen, “Song for the Missing”
Michael Fleming, “In America, They Cut Your Head Off”
M. Cottonwood, “Plans for Tragedies”
Shelly Cato, “The River Eats”
Carter Meland, “Thinking with Bigfoot about a Jackpine Savage”
Rachel Kesselman, “Story of a Symptom”
Hila Ratzabi, “Future Blue”
Brenda van Dyck, “Mother-Loss”
Sarah Cook, “Worry”
Faith Shearin, “Winter”
Lena Crown, “Pomegranate Girls”
Gustav Hibbett, “Endurance”
Kate McGunagle, “Passive Voice”
Thanks also to all the volunteers and readers who make this prize happen each year, including our managing editor, Emily Stowe; our contest coordinator, Brooke Wonders; our two graduate assistants to the coordinator, Alyssa Minch and Zach Batt; and all our student readers: Kaitlyn Askelson, Dee Bruns, Cole Carolan, Madie Hilbert, Nikayla Hoffmann, Samantha Lind, Madeline Ludwig, Lauren McGuill, Kenzi Ramer, Emma Schmidt, Taylor Snyder, and Taylor Wiley.