“With Mercy to the Stars” by Lisa Nikolidakis
“Catharsis, Diagnosis” by Rachel Toliver
The nonfiction winner was selected by judge Alice Bolin, who says the essay, “begins as straightforward memoir and blooms into something stranger and more wonderful: a treatise on the obsessive-compulsive act of storytelling, analysis of classic graphic novel, a meditation on how comics tell stories, and on how our lives, with their nonsensical, sometimes brutal vignettes resemble comics.”
Fiction judge Anthony Varallo writes that he was “drawn in from the first page, happy to be in the company of a young narrator who is just starting to glimpse the limitations of the adulthood that awaits her, as confining as the cage that houses her father’s prized bear.”
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