Veterans Writing Prize
Speirs of Belle Fourche Wins Second Annual Veterans Writing Prize
Robert Speirs of Belle Fourche accepts the Veterans Writing Prize at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood.
'A Prayer for Brian Bradley'
Robert Speirs received the 2017 Veterans Writing Prize for his heartfelt essay, "A Prayer for Brian Bradley" at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood. It was presented by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler during a series of Veterans programs at the 2017 Festival. The Veterans Writing Prize was open to South Dakotans who are Veterans of or current service members in any branch of the United States military.
Click below to read Speirs' essay and find out more about Speirs and the emotions he felt while writing it, as well as his reaction to winning.