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Sarah Kasbeer wins 2019 Zone 3 Creative Nonfiction Book Award

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Sarah Kasbeer’s collection of essays “A Woman, a Plan, an Outline of a Man” recently was named winner of the 2019 Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award. Kasbeer will receive $1,000, and her book will be published in the fall of 2020. 

Sarah Kasbeer
Sarah Kasbeer

Alice Bolin, author of “Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession,” served as the final judge in the biennial contest. This year’s runner-up is Lesley Jenike for her “High Fox and All After.”

Kasbeer is an essayist and fiction writer based in New York City. Her work appears in Creative Nonfiction, Dissent, Elle, Guernica, Longreads, New York Magazine, The Normal School, The Rumpus, Vice and many other places. Her writing has received notable mention by the Best American Essays and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

“A Woman, a Plan, an Outline of a Man” is her first book. Learn more at www.sarahkasbeer.com.

Finalists included:

  • Joshua Bernstein, “States of Siege.”
  • John Philip Drury, “Bobby and Carolyn: Two Women with a Boy in the 1950s.”
  • Megan Harlan, “A History of Nomadism.”
  • Patrick Lawler, “Love Letter to Loon Lake: Electrical the Embryo.”
  • Kathleen McGuire, “The Good Southern Widow: A Noir Memoir.”
  • Lois Melina, “The Grammar of Untold Stories.”
  • Ethel Smith, “The Theory of Grace: A Civil Rights Memoir.”
  • Bret Swanson, “Cairo Daze.”
  • Darla Villani, “Wildlife.”
  • Diana Whitney, “Unicorn: On Motherhood, Sex, and Silence.”

Zone 3 Press

Zone 3 Press is a nonprofit literary press dedicated to publishing and promoting the work of emerging writers.

The press sponsors book contests in poetry and nonfiction: the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry and the Zone 3 Creative Nonfiction Book Award.

Winners receive $1,000 and book publication, as well as an invitation to give a reading at APSU with the contest judge.

To learn more

For more about the Zone 3 Press, go to www.zone3press.com/


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