The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize


The second annual Monadnock Essay Collection Prize is currently suspended. We may re-open in coming years so please check back, we’ll post any updates. Thank you to everyone who submitted last year for our first contest and stay tuned for the release of our winner Neil Mathison’s book! 



Congratulations to last year’s winner Neil Mathison of Seattle, Washington with his collection Volcano: An A to Z and Other Essays about Geology, Geography, and Geo-Travel in the American West. 

Many thanks to everyone who submitted their collections and helped us spread the word about the contest. Our judge Alice B. Fogel chose Mathison’s collection from among many worthy entries!

The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.

• The prize will be awarded for a book-length collection (120-160 pages or 50,000-60,000 words) of nonfiction essays

• The essays can take any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account etc.

• The essays must NOT have been previously published as a collection

The cost to enter this competition is $30.00 per manuscript (entrants may submit multiple manuscripts) and the winner will receive:

• $1,000 prize money

• Publication of their collection

• 100 copies of the published book

• Distribution with our other 2016 fall titles through our partner UPNE (University Press of New England)

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First annual Monadnock Essay Collection Prize


Volcano: An A to Z and Other Essays about Geology, Geography, and Geo-Travel in the American West by Neil Mathison of Seattle, Washington

Finalists were:

Without Saints by Christopher Locke of Upper Jay, New York

Wordwalks by Chris Arthur of Fife, Scotland

Honorable Mentions went to:

In the House of Magic and Sorrow by Mark Brazaitis of Morgantown, West Virginia

A More Exceptionally Perfect America: Essays & Impertinent Thoughts by Michael Konik of Los Angeles, California

Fingerprints of War by Sara Ohlin of Everett, Washington

Yahrzeit Candles by Deborah Thompson of Fort Collins, Colorado

Areas of Fog by Will Dowd of Braintree, Massachusetts

Photo by Will Wrobel

Photo by Will Wrobel

The judge for the first Monadnock Essay Collection Prize was Alice B. Fogel the current New Hampshire Poet Laureate and award-winning author, poet, and teacher.

Alice B. Fogel has taught writing, poetry, and publishing at many colleges as well as workshops in the area. She has published numerous titles including her most recent: Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature is forthcoming from Schaffner Press. Her poetry collection Be That Empty published through Harbor Mountain Press was #8 on the 2008 National Poetry Society’s bestseller list. You can visit her website here.