An Attempt, A Trial, An Experiment

The Essay Prize is given each year to the work that best exemplifies the art of essaying—of inquiry, rumination, discovery, and change. Open to projects in any medium or form—be it text, film, radio, performance, or other—the Essay Prize intentionally stretches the definition of “essaying” in order to celebrate work that is defined by what it does—the activity that it engages in—rather than what it is—its “nonfictional” verifiability.

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The Ten Greatest Essays, Ever.

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We asked some of our favorite essayists to compile a list of their own favorite essays of all time.

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Current Winner

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen


Employing a variety of forms and media—prose, poetry, image, text—Citizen invites its reader to experience its author’s struggle to find the best way to make the invisible visible.

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