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"Careful Writing" Contest Winners

Tracing the experiences of an extended Irish-American family across the twentieth century, Charming Billy invites us to consider to whom we show care and how we show that care. As Billy navigates relationships with friends, family, and lovers, we as readers might also consider how to show care in ways that sustain ourselves and the objects of our care. Inspired by this ongoing negotiation of human connection, our winning authors demonstrated a variety of creative ways in which to understand care.


 Grand Prize: K. C. Norton, “Love in the Time of COVID-19”

Fiction: Nakul Grover, “The Other Mothers Have Left”

Poetry: John Ouligian, “Memory of My Father (with Parkinson’s)”

Non-fiction: Brooks West, “The R Word”

Under 18: Fiona Combs, “A Midnight Snack”