Lifetime Achievement Award — Leslie Garrett

Hospice nurses discovered the body at his Fort Sanders apartment about 10 a.m. and I was called to identify him and take charge of the estate. He was 62. Garrett lived to see HarperCollins publish In the Country of Desire, which a Los Angeles Times critic called a masterpiece…In a letter regarding his terminal illness, Garrett wrote, “I regret the stories and novels that will now go unwritten, and the people I loved whose voices I will never hear again.” — Don Williams

A Brief and Necessary Madness | Kirk Wilson

A murderous sheriff, an indigent ex-baseball star, and a lone boy trying to make sense of the madness his town has grown accustomed to. In his stirring recollection of small-town Texas, our Nonfiction Winner’s empathetic portrayal brings each character to life and his lyrical prose makes the essay sing. —NMW


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