Pahl Literary Prize winner named

TRAVERSE CITY — Grace Reinhold, a 2008 graduate of Traverse City Central High School, has been named the fall 2011 winner of the John Pahl Literary Prize at NMC.

Reinhold's short story, "Peacock in the Gift Shop" written for her English 221 Creative Writing class taught by Pahl, was judged as the best student fiction submitted as a class assignment, published in the White Pine Press or in the NMC Magazine.

Reinhold, 22, of Acme, credits her mother with convincing her to pursue her writing talents. "Peacock in a Gift Shop" is the story of how a boy assigned to community service at a zoo is changed by the experience. Reinhold said she wrote the story after writing several other "depressing" stories about female characters, and deciding she wanted to write "an inspirational story about a male character." Her own former ambition to be a veterinarian also works into the plot. She now hopes to pursue writing, perhaps at the University of Texas.

The prize was established in 2007 by regional historian Kathleen Firestone, a former student of Pahl's, to inspire and reward NMC students for good writing. Pahl is NMC's longest-tenured instructor, with more than 40 years on the faculty. The prize is awarded to a work of fiction and a work of non-fiction in alternate semesters. Donations to the prize fund — as well as all NMC scholarships — are accepted online at

Read "Peacock in the Gift Shop" by Grace Reinhold »

Release date: February 22, 2012

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