The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction

Issue 14: Winter/Spring 2019

Playing House

by Alex Myers

Special Guest Judge, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

“Playing House” drew me in with its unexpected, evocative metaphors and descriptions—its language just slightly off-kilter, as alluring and evocative as the abandoned houses that drew in the narrator and their brother. As I read, I found myself underlining line after line. From its almost haunted opening, to a moving reflection on the houses we find and the homes we make for ourselves, this is an essay that stayed with me.

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of London, and The Guardian.

Polar Nights

by Megan Donnelly

Betrayed by Blood

by Denise Tolan