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Understated comedy and stark horror in winning essay

Published: Tue 13 Nov 2018 07:17 PM
Understated comedy and stark horror in winning essay
Otago University Press media release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday 13 November 2018
Alice Miller, a New Zealand writer based in Germany, is the winner of the Landfall Essay Competition 2018.
Her winning entry ‘The Great Ending’ impressed with “its teeming yet elegantly controlled catalogue of international and national, Pākehā and Māori historical events”, says competition judge and Landfall editor Emma Neale.
Alice Miller says her essay began to write itself about five years ago, when she was working on another project about the home front.
“It is indebted to the National Library's amazing Papers Past archive, which I quietly believe is one of the best things on the internet.”
The judge's report noted her essay stood out for the lyricism of the prose, which “glided from moments of understated comedy to those of stark horror”.
"The essay uses the catalogue and a lyrical style to evoke complexity and simultaneity — it achieves both lament and a kind of guarded eulogy. It lifts its focus to the retreating horizon of history, pulling it closer in the way it colours the telling with plangent grace," says Emma Neale.
Second prize winner was Susan Wardell’s ‘Shining Through the Skull’ and third place was awarded to Sam Keenan’s ‘Bad Girls’.
There were two highly commended essays: ‘Aquae Populus’ by Toby Buck and ‘That’s Not a Māori Name: Penelope Fitzgerald’s Aotearoan adventure’, by Derek Schulz.
A further five essayists were commended: Bryan Walpert (‘One Eye Open’), Justine Whitfield (‘The Klimt Bubbles’), Kirsteen Ure (‘Puriri Moth’), Jocelyn Prasad (‘Uncut Cloth’) and Nadine Hura (‘A Thing of the Heart’).
Alice Miller wins $3000 and a year’s subscription to Landfall.
The winning entries will be published in Landfall 236, available later this month. Landfall is published by Otago University Press.
Around 90 anonymous entries were received in this year’s competition, an increase of around a third on the 2017 competition.
For more information about the Landfall Essay Prize and past winners, go to https://www.otago.ac.nz/press/landfall/awards/otago065482.html
Alice Miller's new poetry collection, Nowhere Nearer, is published by Auckland University Press and Liverpool University Press.
ENDS

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