Fien Veldman (b. 1990) was the 2022 recipient of the Joost Zwagerman Essay Prize for her essay ‘Not really making it’, about growing up in a working-class neighbourhood in Leeuwarden. In 2018 she won the Elise Mathilde Essay Award for her essay ‘Borders, doors and eyes open’. From 2010 until 2016, she worked as a theatre critic. And, of course, she has also worked in customer service.