Salisbury native wins Rose Post nonfiction prize

  • Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Greensboro writer Jennifer Bringle won top honors in the 2013 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition for her essay “Mamaw’s House.”

Author Shawna Kenney, the judge of this year’s contest, said, “This was the winner from the very first sentence to the very last. This writer’s personal essay is a heartfelt ode to the hoarding of all that is handwritten, told in a subtle Southern voice the world would do well to hear more from.”

Bringle has written for The Washington Post, Southern Living and Our State, among other publications. She also is a regular contributor at The News & Record of Greensboro and The News & Observer of Raleigh.

“I’m originally from Salisbury and grew up reading Rose Post’s columns, so to win a competition bearing her name means so much to me,” Bringle said.

Jane Andrews of Raleigh won second place for her essay “Where the Heart Is.” Andrews is a North Carolina native and graduate of North Carolina State University whose work has appeared in Main Street Rag, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Southern Arts Journal, Raleigh Review and other publications.

Kenney said of Andrews’ entry, “This personal-yet-universal story shows the sibling bond through the prism of gem-like sentences.”

Helen Aitken of Swansboro won third place for her essay “The Last Wooden Boat,” which Kenney described as “a journalistic piece that feels as important to the endangered arts of boat building as it is to the state of North Carolina.”

Shawna Kenney authored the award-winning memoir “I Was a Teenage Dominatrix,” which enjoys international translation and a development deal with the FX network. She also wrote “Imposters,” a book about celebrity impersonators. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Florida Review, Juxtapoz, Ms. and Bust Magazine, among others.

Sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network and administered by the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism. The contest is open to any legal resident of North Carolina or member of the N.C. Writers’ Network. First-, second-, and third-place winners receive $300, $200 and $100, respectively, and the winning entry is considered for publication in the magazine Southern Cultures.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit

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