The winner of the Lamination Colony This is not not a Contest contest is
'A cardiovasc' by Bobby Alter
Bobby is a 19 yr old from Portland. Congratulations to him.
Ultimately, though I could make arguments for each of the other finalists as a winner (and even several of the nonfinalists), Bobby's piece hit me on many different levels, in the way it uses language in a way I honestly don't think I've ever heard, and then continues to hybridize it and bring in further and further forms within that first form, twisting, all while maintaining a (often buried, but often very clear) narrative.
The piece kind of reminds me of if Joyce tried to rewrite Alice in Wonderland with the grandmother from David Lynch's 'The Grandmother' standing over his shoulder eating cookies while old James smokes pieces of cherry wood and scratches the welts on his legs that he got from rubbing too hard in his sleeptime and trying to wish his saliva into a hallucinogenic drug he could then sell for $ to children in the neighborhood for money to buy a camera with no lens that contains old film with pictures of true death and the inside of a child.
Seriously. And that's not even really close at all, if you can imagine. I'm sure you can.
I'd like to also denote
1st runner up as Darby Larson's '‘Digestable Moose Kidney Sculpture Garden’
2nd runner up as Drew Kalbach's ‘Scraps from My Bathroom Stall’
Anyhow, arrangement of prizes and publication schedules pending, as I am about to go eat and do a drinky, but likely things will be up and abroad by next week, I will detail them here.
I'd like to reiterate what a hard decision this was, and how truly thrilled and excited I am to have gotten so much really high quality writing to read and think about.
Thanks a lot everybody. We'll have to do this again.