Hats Off! to Trace Ramsey who won the 2016 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize for his essay, “Miller Road.” Jim Grimsley presented the $250 award to Ramsey at the Greenville Museum of Art on September 22. Explaining his selection of Ramsey’s “Miller Road” for the prize, Grimsley said this essay “does not miss a beat. It is wonderfully detailed and rich with the melancholy of memory. The writer does a fine job of capturing a life through its particulars.” The winning essay will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review in 2017.
Trace Ramsey, who was a finalist in the premiere Albright Prize competition last year, received the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award in Literature in 2015, contributed nonfiction at the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and received a certificate in documentary arts in nonfiction writing from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. The writer is currently working on a memoir-in-essays and a novel. In 2014, Ramsey’s anthology of the first six issues of his zine Quitter (Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying) was published by Pioneers Press; a new edition of the book is forthcoming in late 2016. The new edition will include all ten issues of Quitter as well as the entirety of Ramsey’s other zines, Fog Index, Gravity Kills, and Lasterday. Ramsey lives in Durham with his partner and two children.
Published since 1992 by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary Review has won numerous awards and citations. This is the second year of the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize, which was named for NCLR’s founding editor. NCLR subscribers are encouraged to submit their own creative nonfiction to next year’s competition. Find more information about the competition and subscribing on NCLR’s website.