Barnhill Prize for Creative Nonfiction

$1,200 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 16 people in 16 days
Created January 3, 2019
Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher
In 2010, a little idea for sharing essays on childhood got a big boost when Anne Clinard Barnhill submitted "Winter Solstice " to an unknown fellow West Virginian. I wanted to pursue the idea there is a lot to say about how our early experiences shape the world. Anne later sent "Melungeons and Mystery ," as well as "Staying." It is because of Anne's belief in Essays on a West Virginia Childhood that the project became something so much bigger, an online literary journal that publishes writers from coast to coast in the USA and beyond (Longridge Review ).

The Barnhill Prize honors Anne's generous spirit of support for all who love to read and write; her lifelong empathy with those who mine their childhood experience to understand themselves now; the natural vulnerability in her compelling prose and poetry; and her boundless generosity in sharing her writing passions with the world.

Gifts to this campaign will benefit writers of Creative Nonfiction (essays and memoir) by establishing an annual prize for excellence fulfilling our mission: To present the finest essays on the mysteries of childhood experience, the wonder of adult reflection, and how the two connect over a lifespan.

Our preliminary goal for 2019 is $2,500. These funds will support a $500 cash prize, as well as provide an honorarium for an outside essay judge.

Any additional funds will be preserved to sustain the prize over time. Accounting for funds will be provided annually. 

Unless requesting anonymity, all donors will be recognized on a unique page on our website.

One person truly can change the world for the better. Anne is one of those people who has made a difference, who has multiplied her own blessings and made other people's lives more creative, more rewarding, and more joyful by sharing her life so freely. I can think of no finer person for whom to name the Longridge Review annual prize.

Thank you for honoring Anne, and for supporting Creative Nonfiction!
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Update 4
Posted by Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher
21 hours ago
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Hello, dear friends and fans of Anne --

I wanted to reach out and share that I have been prompted by Go Fund Me to withdraw the funds we have raised to date.

This DOES NOT mean we are through fundraising! We are about halfway to our goal, and I hope you will keep sharing this opportunity with people you think would like to be involved. In February I plan to make another appeal through Longridge Review.

This is my first time using this method of raising money, and so I am learning as I go. It appears to be an administrative protocol after a certain threshold is reached to ask people to withdraw the money. We are doing so well they are already predicting we will be short-timers on their platform, so this is a good thing!

Thank you all for your support and for your generous hearts.

I will keep a close watch on the accounting and if at any time you want to know what is happening with the money, just contact me.

Yours,

Elizabeth
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Update 3
Posted by Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher
4 days ago
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Today was a snow day where I live, and I re-read Anne's essay "Winter Solstice." I wanted to share the last lines, they are so lovely:

"That love of being alone found its best expression in midnight walks during winter, the moon casting an eerie glow to the entire world, the snow reflecting the light in loving response, Endymion to Diana in every pale snow pile. I would head out at what my mother called “the witching hour” and walk down the road until my nose got so cold it began to drip. The silence was palpable and soothing, the world muffled with a snowy blanket, soft as a baby’s comforter. I couldn’t have said it at the time, but what I experienced in those long winter walks belonged to the infinite–God, the imagination, time’s longing for itself–and those interludes gave me a hunger for the spiritual, an appetite that is only satisfied when I return to the mountains, those winding roads that lead to moments of mystery, found in the West Virginia hills."
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Posted by Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher
6 days ago
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Shared via Anne's Facebook page yesterday:

My dear friends and family, it is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my beloved wife and best friend Anne C. Barnhill today at around 11;30 am. She was surrounded by all the men in her family except for the grands. There will be no funeral as she didn’t want people boo-hoo`ing over her passing. Instead there will be a celebration of life service within the next little while as we get things settled. Those who know her will not be surprised to hear that she planned it herself. She wants people to laugh, smile, sing and dance and remember her for the fun-loving soul she was. To me, It just sort of feels like someone turned off the brightest light in the room and she will be sorely missed.
If you would like, please leave an anecdote or a few lines below to say goodbye. If wealth could be measured by the friends you have made than she was truly a very wealthy lady.
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Posted by Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher
14 days ago
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Hi, friends! Wow, I am so excited to see we have raised $400 already! I just created a page for founding donor recognition, and plan to establish some gifts back to you all. I wanted to get this going quickly after Anne's last post, I just want her to know how much her friends are all behind her, always but especially at this challenging time. Here's the page, feel free to let me know if you would like to see edits: https://longridgereview.com/about/barnhill-prize-for-creative-nonfiction/
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Raised by 16 people in 16 days
Created January 3, 2019
Elizabeth Damewood Gaucher
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