Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Writer’s Digest Personal Essay Awards!

Congratulations to all the winners of the Second Annual Writer’s Digest Personal Essay Awards! Read an interview with the First-Place winner Alyssa Rickert in the May/June 2022 issue of Writer’s Digest.

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1. “The In-Between” by Alyssa Rickert

2. “Me, Her, Him, Them” by Eliot Wilde

3. “Slow Time House Dad” by Chris Field

4. “Thousands of Tiny Islands” by Rachel Mans McKenny

5. “I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE: WHEN LOVED ONES BECOME STRANGERS” by MAL KING

6. “Chalk Dust” by Allie Dixon

7. “Healing” by Sarah Hug

8. “A Fully Grown Bird” by Wanda Rhodes

9. “Scavenger of Memories” by Marielena Zuniga

10. “How Are You Doing? ” by Harry Huang

11. “The Midnight Touch” by Toni Lepeska

12. “Family China” by Karen Curran

13. “Migration” by Paula Zwicke

14. “My Blessing from Karen” by Suzanne Byrd

15. “The Long and Winding Road” by Kim Neudorf

16. “Tastin’ the Rainbow” by Chela Gutierrez

17. “The Reluctant American” by T.D. Akad Archibald

18. “A Single Heartbeat” by Dan Olawski

19. “The Wonder” by Michelle Redo

20. “The View From The Ashram’s” by Veranda Lesli Christianson-Kellow

21. “The Last Victim” by Mary Jeanne Connolly

22. “The Waiting Area” by David Abare

23. “The Fearful Snorkler” by Rebecca Deslauriers

24. “Grace House” by Donna Surgenor

25. “An Unexpected Lesson” by Sharon Sirkis 

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