Congratulations to our finalists! 480 writers participated in 3 categories. We considered prose to be any writing that went all the way across the page, and it included novels, novellas, story collections, essay collections, and memoir. We considered poetry to be just about anything. For chapbooks, we combined all the genres. We anticipate selecting one or two authors from each list to publish. Stay tuned!

Prose Finalists

Ankhi Tashimbo The Redbud Connection (novella)
Mark-Curtis Dunn The Almshouse (novel)
John Potts I Wish / I Don’t Wish (novella)
Joshua Bernstein Afterlight (CNF)
Linda Lenhoff Your Actual Life May Vary (novel)
Sarah K. Lenz What Will Outlast Me (CNF)
Tanya Perkins Your Thieving Ways (short stories)

Poetry Finalists
Zilka Joseph In Our Beautiful Bones
Ally Chua Acts of Self Consumption
Kobina Wright At Greater Magnitudes
Jan LaPerle Maybe the Land Sings Back
Kate Bucca Garden Party
Danielle Dubraskey Lighting Out for the Invisible
Shirley Brewer Wild Girls
Jeff Tigchelaar Pedestrian Domestic
Jessica Murray Singing without Melody

Chapbook Finalists
Merridawn Duckler In Voice (flash)
Tara Stillions Whitehead Blood Histories (hybrid)
Anne Sanow Your Seaside Town (fiction)
Clayton Clark Auscultate (poetry)
Lubna Safi Your Blue and the Quiet Lament (poetry)
Haolun Xu Vitamin Factory