English department student wins $10,000 award

Utah State University student John Gilmore has been named winner of the first annual Norman Mailer College Nonfiction Writing Award. Gilmore will be honored with an award of $10,000, a trophy, and a summer fellowship to the NMW Colony at Provincetown Massachusetts.Emily Swanagan of Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama received the first Norman Mailer High School Nonfiction Writing award and she will receive $5000 and a trophy.Gilmore’s winning entry was ‘Final Cascade,’ which judges say brings a sharp eye to a young man’s struggle with friendship, evil, religion, geology, growing up and death. As he searches the Utah mountains for his lost Boy Scout camp, Gilmore finds the final cascade “beautiful, haunting, tragic and inevitable.” The award and scholarship will be presented on October 20.

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