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"Writing the Nonhuman" Contest Winners

As birds that travel far from their native North American habitat, turkey vultures venture across many different kinds of borders, including in the ways that they are perceived in different cultures or geographic areas. Inspired by this bird and its journey, our winning authors represented the views of a wide variety of nonhuman narrators.


Grand Prize: Justin Smith, "—Drop"
Nonfiction: Chloe Cullen, "Harper"
Poetry: Hannah Inglesby, "The Patron Saint of Shopping Carts"
Fiction: Caroline Tan, "In-House," and E.X., "Tiger Shrine" (co-winners)
Under 18: Fiona Combs, "Earth's Lament"