Prose may have many voices and myriad meanings, but this is, after all, a prize announcement. It is not unreasonable to expect the description of award criteria to communicate a clear message to the writers whose work is to be judged and whose work the Press hopes to publish.

The writer (or writers) who composed this passage clearly possess the tools of language. The shortcomings of this announcement reflect not a lack of talent but a lack of will, a failure to pay attention.

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