So here is the final list that I am sending to Gish Jen who will select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners (given here in alphabetical order by blog name):
- 3 Quarks Daily: The Last Novel
- Guernica: Rape, Revisited
- Numéro Cinq: My First Job
- Occasional Planet: Navigating the waters of our biased culture
- Philip Graham: What Casablanca Can Teach A Writer
- Tang Dynasty Times: Leonardo in the Gilded Age
- The Best American Poetry: Spend It All
- The Millions: Sister Carrie
- The Nervous Breakdown: Secret Theatres
We'll announce the three winners on March 19, 2012.
P.S. The editors of 3QD will not be making any comments on our deliberations, or the process by which we made our decision, other than to simply say that we picked what we thought were the best six posts out of the semifinalists, and added up to three others that we also liked.