Bob Mustin of Asheville, NC, is the winner of the 2008 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Award for his essay “Grandpa Tom’s Cane.” Mustin will receive a prize of $300 from the North Carolina Writers’ Network, as well as possible publication in The Rambler magazine.
Final judge Kirsten Holmstedt, author of Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq, said of Mustin’s essay: “The reader, like the narrator, is hooked from the beginning. The narrator’s voice is so honest and real.”
Holmstedt awarded second place to Lynne Tanner or Rutherfordton, NC, for her essay “Summer 1951,” noting how the “opening scene . . . grabs the reader’s attention.” Durham resident David Frauenfelder took third prize with his essay, “Near Lamy.” Holmstedt cited the essay’s “wonderful attention to detail.”
Tanner and Frauenfelder will receive $200 and $100, respectively.
The annual Rose Post Creative Nonfiction competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism.