The Norton Writer’s Prize 2014 Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2014 Norton Writer’s Prize: Eli Mandel of Yale University, for his personal essay, “Analysand.” The judges admired the author’s use of style, humor, close observation and detail, and noted that the essay was “ intelligent, insightful, and beautifully written.”

This year, two runners-up stood out among the pool of outstanding submissions: Lily Gutterman for her personal narrative, “Decelerating: A personal anthropology of climate change,” and Sarah Esther Maslin for her profile piece, “The Pawn King.”

You can click on the titles below to read the winning essays.

2014 Winner

Eli Mandel

Analysand
Eli Mandel
Yale University

Eli Mandel studied English at Yale College, where he was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Tinker Prize for the outstanding senior English major, the Wrexham Prize for the best senior thesis in the humanities, and the Clapp Fellowship in Poetry. His poems and essays have been published in various Yale periodicals, as well as the Paris Review Daily and the Harvard Review, where “Analysand” originally appeared. He lives where he grew up, in Brooklyn, NY.

2014 Runners-Up

Lily Gutterman

Decelerating: A personal anthropology of climate change
Lily Gutterman
Brown University

Lily is a recent graduate of Brown University where she studied Anthropology. A lifelong writer, she particularly enjoys anthropology’s duality between the sciences and the humanities. At Brown, she served as an Editor-in-Chief of the multi-media feminist platform Bluestockings Magazine and wrote her honors thesis on LGBT asylum-seekers. She currently interns at the American Museum of Natural History, where she explores Margaret Mead's expedition files, researches the cultural impacts of climate change in the Pacific Islands, and relaxes under the Blue Whale whenever she has a spare moment.

Sarah Esther Maslin

The Pawn King
Sarah Esther Maslin
Yale University

At Yale, Sarah Esther Maslin majored in history, led backpacking trips, and edited the Yale Daily News Magazine. After graduation and a summer on the metro desk of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she began a one-year Parker Huang Travel Fellowship reporting in El Salvador and Argentina. Her essay “The Pawn King” won the 2014 Norman Mailer College Writing Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was published online by The Atlantic