Guest, Riggs win ‘Lifted Brow’ Prize for Experimental Nonfiction
Literary journal the Lifted Brow has selected Stephanie Guest and Kate Riggs as the winners of its 2017 Prize for Experimental Nonfiction for their essay ‘An Architecture of Early Motherhood’.
The piece is described as a ‘powerful essay about female selfhood in public and private spaces, and is particularly an analysis of early motherhood—looking at different generations, employment, family structures and what all this means’.
The winner was chosen by a panel comprising Eileen Myles, Wayne Koestenbaum, Fiona Wright, Leslie Jamison and Claudia La Rocco. The judges said the piece is ‘an extraordinarily complex piece of writing: genuine, surprising—a trove of actualities, of maternal realities, more grained and beautifully (laudably) “pedestrian” (and therefore profound) than most of what we’ve read on the subject.’
Guest and Riggs receive $5000. Their essay, which was chosen from a longlist of 16, will be published in the next edition of the Lifted Brow.
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