2012 Indiana Review ½ K Winner
“Michigan Central Station Has Been Closed Since 1988”
“Co-lo-ny Col-lapse Dis-or-der”
Staten Island, NY
When asked to say a few words of the winning piece, contest judge Michael Martone writes:
I love trains, and I also adore ruins. I admire this piece for its content of irresistible decay and how its form replicates the unstoppable rot. This is a story that consumes itself, composts as it confounds. It is rich with stuff, with detail, with nominative junk. It names names, chock-a-block, only to have it all melt and fade away. There is no better drama in such a condensed and pressured space. To have a lump of coal transformed into diamond and then, beyond that rock, into the elemental idea of crystalline and holy loss.
A huge congratulations to our winner and runners-up, and many thanks to all who helped make our 2012 1/2K Prize Contest a success!