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Announcing the Winner of the 2018 Orison Anthology Award in Nonfiction!

Orison Books is pleased to announce that Gayle Brandeis has selected “Morning Kenyan” by Cynthia McVay as the winner of The 2018 Orison Anthology Award in Nonfiction from anonymous manuscripts. McVay’s essay will be published in the 2019 volume of The Orison Anthology, and she will receive a cash award of $500.

We are also happy to announce the following finalists:

“Shed Rules” by Kay Henry “A Visitation from the Jehovah’s Witnesses” by Stephen Lottridge “The Plan” by Allison Campbell


Cynthia McVay lives on a defunct farm in the Hudson Valley, where she writes, forages, and makes art. A management consultant for 25 years, she holds a BA from Harvard in biology and studio arts, an MBA from Wharton, and an MA from University of Pennsylvania. Cynthia’s work has been published in DASH, The Ravens Perch, daCunha’s Anthology, and Eclectica; was Editors’ Choice winner in daCunha’s 2017 Flash Nonfiction Competition; and has been a finalist in the New Millennium Writings, Masters Review, and Bridging the Gap Awards (Slice Writer’s Conference).


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