Judge’s Citation by Jennifer Percy

Incisive and eloquent “The Nebbish” is a beautiful and strange story about a production team in search of a mysterious figure. As the story evolves it becomes a searing critique of our image-obsessed world; a world in which appearance can create moments of mass cultural hysteria, obsession, and dehumanizing worship. The story shows how all too often it is women who fall victim to these narratives and spend their lives in painful isolation. The author of this story has a wildly singular voice and provocative imagination.