The 2016 Profane Nonfiction Prize
Our winner is Kat Moore, for her essay “The End of the World." She will receive the $1,000 honorarium, and publication in Issue 3. Congratulations to her.
Of her winning essay, Dinty W. Moore (no relation) writes, “The End of the World” is a powerful, intricate, and compelling memoir essay. While other writers might have sensationalized the lurid aspects of heroin use and addiction, Kat Moore uses intimate detail and a matter-of-fact narrative to show just how quotidian the day-to-day life of a junkie can be. Superb writing and voice.
Nonfiction Editor Jacob Little writes, In “The End of the World,” Kat Moore looks back on a younger version of herself and a close friend as they abuse drugs, family members, and even Memphis-area retailers—but never each other. “The End of the World” offers no apologies. It offers no explanations. Instead, it is a lament for the passing of a friendship, one that was hard-won in desperate times. It is a loving and unflinching look at what one person can endure, what two hurting people can mean to each other.
Congratulations as well to the finalists, who were:
Devin Kelly - "Full Count"
Jill Kolongowski - "This is a Test of the Emergency System"
Molly Pascal - "New Mom"
JD Schraffenberger - "Pruritus"
Kat Moore has essays in Hippocampus, Blunderbuss, Yemassee, Salt Hill, New South, Pithead Chapel, Whiskey Island, and others. Her poetry and fiction can be found respectively in decomP, Maudlin House, Souvenir Lit, Cheap Pop Lit, and others. Her essay collection, In the Non-Light, was a semifinalist in CSU Poetry Press's 2016 Essay Collection Contest. She is a middle school writing teacher and holds writing workshops in the local juvenile jail.