GOLD: Was Eighteen Bridges
In a scant 2,000 words, the author has vaulted what might have been just another routine medical story into a tale packed with heartache, pathos and resilience. There is a lot of artful storytelling in a tightly knit and remarkably comprehensive yarn. A deceptively complex story is simply told. This piece demonstrates the power that can be mined from the short form. The writing is visceral and elegant. The essay’s language shimmers with pathos and the tragic-yet-hopeful sense of perseverance. Poetic and stark.
SILVER: Trash to Treasure Avenue Edmonton
What kind of person makes art of other people’s recovered castaways? A pretty interesting one, it turns out. From the get-go, the writer cleverly captures the character behind this unique project that mergers environmentalism with art. The piece is dense with detail, and made all the more refreshing by its novelty. A deeply stylish blend of the personal and historical, this essay adeptly traces the history of a city through its relationship to trash. A well researched, surprising and poignant consideration of waste, social justice and high art. Lucid prose. A pleasure to read.