Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Erica Trabold's Five Plots is the winner of the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize!

Selected by final judge John D'Agata.

We will publish her book in the fall of 2018.

Book release reading at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

$2,000 prize.

Erica Trabold

Erica Trabold is a Nebraska-born essayist. Her lyric essays appear in The Rumpus, Passages North, The Collagist, South Dakota Review, Seneca Review, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. A graduate of Oregon State University's MFA program and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Erica writes and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

We would also like to acknowledge the following works:



Honorable Mentions

Named for the late poet and essayist, the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize is a biennial book series. It was founded by the editors of Seneca Review in 2017 to support and celebrate the breadth of work being done in the essay form today, including traditional approaches to creative nonfiction, cross-genre and hybrid work, verse forms, text and image works, connected or related pieces, and "beyond category" projects. A new winner of the book prize series will be published by Seneca Review Books in the fall of even-numbered years.