THE RESULTS ARE IN from TRACY KIDDER AND RICHARD TODD for the best non-fiction advice:
The awards go to….
- Sherry Stanfa-Stanley for her excellent miniature anthology of cautions. One feels the force of these especially just after publishing a book—in all its awful finality—as you think of feelings you may have hurt or dares you failed to take. (On the other hand one could find a certain comfort in rea’s citation of Jeffrey Eugenides: “Write like you were dead.”)
- Scott Atkinson for his jiu jitsu metaphor restating ancient wisdom of east and west: revise, revise, revise.
- The comedy team of Kyler and August for their dialogue on the eternal contradiction of publishing, the quest for the book that’s entirely unique but very like lots of others.
And special mention to Vivian Swift for the wise quotation from The Forest for the Trees, advice with which the judges wholeheartedly agree but struck from the competition for fear of seeming corrupt; and actually, now that the judges think about it, isn’t the problem not that “people like vanilla ice cream” but that they like Chocolate Mocha Oreo Supreme?
Hey all you winners: CONGRATS. Please email me your addresses to email@example.com to collect your prizes. THANKS to everyone who participated and to our esteemed judges Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd, authors of GOOD PROSE, a book with the most superb writing advice of all.
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