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Breaking News: Winners of Nashville Reads Essay Contest Announced (Including Friend of Bacon Kate Satz!)


KSDS @ Whistler2Kate Satz brings it home in a local, high profile literary contest!  She is one of two runners-up in the second annual Nashville Reads Essay Contest, and she and the other winners will be reading from their essays this Sunday, April 19, at 2 pm at Parnassus.  I hope you’ll join us!

The Porch Writers’ Collective sponsored the contest in collaboration with the Nashville Public Library, The Library Foundation, The Office of Mayor Karl Dean, Humanities Tennessee, and Parnassus books.

The prompt for the contest was this: “There is not one history, but many.  Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray (Nashville’s All-City Read for 2015) addresses a little-known chapter in history; through Lina’s eyes, readers experience its horror and its lessons.  In a first person narrative of 750 words or less, describe a history that is significant to you, whether it be a personal history, a history of family or heritage, or a social or cultural history.  What were its lessons?  Include a photo that is representative of the experience to complement the narrative.  Entries will be judged on the combined impact of the essay and the photo.”

The winners of this year’s contest are:

Adult Category Winner:
“Growing Home,” by Jen Wallwork Dominguez

Adult Category Runners-up:
“Family Dragon,” by Kate Satz
“The Kite,” by Pete Kopcsak

Teen Category Winner:
“An Insignificant Balcony,” by Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay

Teen Runner-up:
“The First of August in Switzerland,” by Seraina Simonett

static1.squarespaceCongratulations to all of the winners, and we’ll see you Sunday!

Many thanks to The Porch Writers’ Collective for the heat, light, sizzle, and sparkle you are bringing to the literary scene in Nashville.

Report from Nashville’s Literary Death Match coming tomorrow!


  1. Thank you for this post, Jennifer, and spreading the word about talented Kate! The Nashville Porch Writers Collective is doing some really cool things; glad you are highlighting them.

    • Kate is too shy to tell anyone so someone had to do it!! You probably knew but I practically had to drag it out of her. I agree with you on the Porch!! So nice to hear from you, Paige. xo

  2. Go Kate, go!! Such a lovely writer.. So fantastic to see her honored for it!

  3. Yay for you Kate! Woman of many talents- your friends are very proud 🙂

  4. Thanks again for singing The Porch’s praises, Jennifer! The feeling is mutual–this blog does great things to enrich our literary community! So great to see you and Kate at Literary Death Match, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll have to say about it…

  5. Wonderful!! Well deserved, Kate! And thanks to Katie for doing great things for our city!

  6. Cheers to the fabulous Kate Satz!

  7. Congratulations, Kate!!

  8. I am not able to make it to Parnassus this Sunday, but I would love to read Kate’s essay. Can I find it somewhere else? Congratulations Kate!

  9. Wow. Thank you, friends, for this encouragement and support, and thank you, Bacon and Porch, for these opportunities! It all inspires me to quit procrastinating and keep going 🙂

  10. Yay Kate!! I hope to see you in action at Parnassus…will try to make it!

  11. Congrats Kate! Proud of you!!!

  12. Congratulations, Kate! I’m just learning about this today and am sorry we missed the Parnassus event. I’d really love to read your essay as well!

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