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Sound Like Trapped Thunder, Winner of 2020 The Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize

Selected by final judge Jenny Boully.

To be published March 15, 2021.

Included book release reading at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

And $2,000 prize.

Peterson

Jessica Lind Peterson is a Minnesota-based essayist and playwright. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion, Seneca Review, River Teeth, Passages North, Alaska Quarterly Review, and others. She is co-founder of Yellow Tree Theatre and an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Hamline University in St. Paul. She splits her time between the suburbs of Minneapolis and a trailer in northern Minnesota that is painted green.

We would also like to acknowledge the following works:

Finalists

Semifinalists

Honorable Mentions


Five Plots, winner of the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize!

Selected by final judge John D'Agata.

Published November 6, 2018.

Included book release reading at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

And $2,000 prize.

You can order Five Plots from SPD, Amazon, of The College Store.

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:

Finalists


Semifinalists


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.