The Barnhill Prize honors Anne Clinard Barnhill’s generous spirit of support for all who love to read and write; her lifelong empathy with those who mine their childhood experience to understand themselves now; the natural vulnerability in her compelling prose and poetry; and her boundless generosity in sharing her writing passions with the world.
We are thrilled to announce that Mike Smith will award the 2021 Anne C. Barnhill Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Mike is Anne’s son, and we are over the moon that he will be our judge this year.
Mike Smith lives with his family of seven deep in the Mississippi Delta. He’s previously published nonfiction, poetry, and fiction in translation with independent and academic presses. Most recently, his published work is Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories (Columbia University Press) and the memoir, There Was Evening and There Was Morning: Essays on Illness, Love, and Loss (WTAW Press), which documents the strange set of coincidences between his first wife’s illness and death and his stepdaughter’s similar illness and recovery three years later. Three years ago, his mother, Anne Clinard Barnhill, named him her literary executor, leaving behind two unfinished manuscripts for him to complete.
Things to do today:
- Learn more about Mike on his website: http://mikesmithmultiverse.wordpress.com
- Read about the #BarnhillPrize on our website and familiarize yourself with our mission.
- Follow our blog to stay current on contest information as we move toward June 1.
- Follow us on Twitter, our favorite hangout on the socials: @LongridgeReview
- Start penciling out your own essay for our contest. Submissions open June 1 and close July 31, 2021.
Read the 2019 #BarnhillPrize-winning essay here: Suburbs Plagued by Foraging Deer and the 2020 winner here: 4 Generations of Black Hair Matters