Best American Essay 2015

I found out this morning that my essay, “Paying the Piper” was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015!

I have loved The Best series for years and read it cover to cover. The series includes titles like Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Nature and Science Writing. AND Best American Essay. 

This essay, “Paying the Piper,” was first published by The Missouri Review and won second place in the Missouri Review Essay Contest 2014. It’s wonderful to see it mentioned. The Missouri Review,Volume 37, Number 1, 2014. The first pages of it are available at Project MUSE. If you are a member, you can read the entire article there.

It doesn’t look like much, just my name on a page. But in the writing world, it’s a great page to have your name on.

And I’m in Fine Company. Congratulations to all!

Thanks to the Missouri Review and to Best American for all you do!

Best Am. Essay 2015, Jill Kandel

Jill Kandel
  • Gianna
    Posted at 10:55h, 22 September Reply


    Seriously – congrats.


    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 07:27h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you, Gianna. You never know where an essay will end up! Keep on writing, girl.

  • Beverly Sondag
    Posted at 20:39h, 22 September Reply

    That is fantastic! You must be thrilled.

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 07:31h, 23 September Reply

      Thank you, Bev! Yes, it is exciting. Made my day!

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