Winners of the Medium Writers Challenge

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted!

Medium Staff
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Medium’s curators, staff, and a host of guest judges have spent hours and hours reading the nearly 10,000 entries in our first-ever Medium Writers Challenge. We challenged creators, new and experienced, to write original essays on four topics: death, reentry, space, and work. The pieces were judged based on creativity, originality, and writing quality.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who entered!

All the winners are listed below. Asterisks indicate the Semi-Finalists for each category.

Grand Prize Winner:

Keeper of the Place,” by

REENTRY

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Finalist

The Hope That Holds You Back,” by

Honorable Mentions

Leaving Neonatal: A New Birth,” by

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Like Icarus,” by *
How to Make the Turn,” by *
Going Back was the Beginning,” by *
Echoes of Love,” by *
Behind Every Lining Is a Silver Cloud,” by *
What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes?” by *
How The Midnight Express Came To Our Rescue During Our Family Reunion,” by *
The Bruises on My Arms,” by *
Birds Still Sing When It Rains,” by
On Sunlight and Old School Horses: Return to Los Angeles,” by
At 40, I Was Scared to Enter the Dating Pool Again,” by
Hyphenated,” by
Shame Isn’t an Incentive Program,” by
In Case of Emergency,” by
Numbers Are People Too,” by
Back in the Saddle: Learning to Love My Dad, Myself, and the Bicycle Again,” by
It’s a Hard Thing, Getting Back to the Life You Never Really Had,” by
The Reality of Reentry,” by
A Reflection on the Cosmic Power of My Own Two Hands,” by
In Sickness and in Health,” by
Regeneration,” by
The World Is Not Waiting Where You Left It,” by
How I Grew Up Alien,” by
Riding My First Loop Roller Coaster as an Adult,” by

WORK

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Finalist

Black Personhood Does Not Have Equitable Access to the Work of Homeownership,” by

Honorable Mentions

We Need More Stories Where Nothing Works Out, and Here’s Why,” by

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A Mother’s Work is Everything,” by *
How Sex Work Saved Me From Academia,” by *
Honest Work,” by *
Who Are You Calling Lazy?” by *
Hard Sell,” by *
When a Boy Doesn’t Need to Die,” by *
This Body of Work,” by *
This is what we do.” by *
When Your Life’s Work No Longer Works,” by
What It’s Like Working in an Office When You Have Tourette’s Syndrome,” by
Somebody v. Nobody,” by
To All the Jobs I’ve Had Before,” by
I’m a Human Error, And That’s Okay,” by
Secondary Traumatic Stress (or: On the Dispersal of Brain Matter in a Kentucky Trailer),” by
The Diminishing Value of a Stay-Home Mother After Divorce,” by
When I Was a Receptionist,” by
The Low-Down, Dirty-Rotten, No-Good Worship of Work,” by
Green Is the Color of My Eyes,” by
Why I Like a Good Funeral,” by
We Meet on the Page: The Writer-Editor Relationship,” by
The Rat Race Is for the Rats,” by
I’m Retired, But I Can’t Stop Working,” by
There’s Work, and Then There’s Your Life’s Work,” by

November 5, 2021: A previous submission listed as an Honorable Mention has been replaced due to our technical error.

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