Congratulations to Shelley Wood, Winner of the McCourt CNF Prize

We’re pleased to announce the winner of our 2016 Frank McCourt Creative Nonfiction Writing Prize: Shelley Wood, for “The Scrubber of Bodies.”

Here’s what judge Ben Tanzer had to say about the selected work:

“‘The Scrubber of Bodies’ is an electric look at the body and connection, and how ones loses oneself to the fleeting nature of pleasure. It is also an exploration of marriage, however, and how such intimacies might lead to jealousy and confusion, or at least the idea that sometimes we seek pleasure in those things as well.”


Other finalists were Emily Kiernan’s “Domestication” and Christopher Malcomb’s “Tea Date.”

Thank you again to all finalists, and to all who helped with making this contest possible, especially Ben Tanzer and Samantha Stanco. We look forward to publishing these works in the coming weeks.

Andrew K
Cobalt Review/Press

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