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

Oliver Sacks Gratitude

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In Gratitude, his valedictory memoir of four linked essays, the gifted doctor finally achieves a sense of peace with himself after a life lived with curiosity, breadth, and vividness.

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