We Have a Winner :: Fall 2016 Black River Chapbook Competition

We’re so excited to let you know that the results for the Fall 2016 Black River Chapbook Competition are in. And the winning manuscript is…

Barataria (working title) by Nancy Reddy

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Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx (Milkweed Editions, 2015), a 2014 winner of the National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in 32 PoemsBest New Poets, Best of the Net, The Iowa Review, Smartish Pace, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. The recipient of a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, she teaches writing at Stockton University in southern New Jersey.

We’re also thrilled to announce that we will additionally be publishing Atlas of the Body by Nicole Cuffy, which was a finalist in the Fall 2016 competition.
Nicole CuffyNicole Cuffy is a New York-based writer with a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the New School. When she is not writing, she is reading, and when she is not reading, she is doing yoga. She can be found muddling her way through Twitter at @nicolethecuffy.
We couldn’t be happier to add these two amazing chapbooks to our series. Barataria (working title, poetry) and Atlas of the Body (short fiction) will both be published by Black Lawrence Press in spring 2018. We’re so happy to welcome both Nancy and Nicole to the BLP family!
Our finalists and semi-finalists were:
FINALISTS (alphabetical)
American Way by Nat Akin (fiction)
Wild Wolves by Mel Bosworth (fiction)
Animal Mineral by Stephanie Cawley (poetry)
Atlas of the Body by Nicole Cuffy (fiction)
Of Moonshine and Water by Kathryn Merwin (poetry)
Barataria by Nancy Reddy (poetry)
Skin Memory by John Sibley Williams (poetry)
The Shape-Shifting Researches by Laura Smith (poetry)

SEMI-FINALISTS (alphabetical)

Chinatown Sonnets by Dorothy Chan (poetry)
Devil’s Business by Charlie Clark (poetry)
Woman Prime by Gail DiMaggio (poetry)
My Island Is Slowly Sinking by Eileen Elliott (fiction)
The Clayfields by Elise Gregory (fiction)
The Skyfuls Off of You by Courtney Hartnett (poetry)
Orchestra of the Body by Nathan Lipps (poetry)
The Mourners Forget Which Funeral They’re At by Matt McBride (poetry)
The New Geography by Michael Pontacoloni (poetry)
Blind Flowers by Roberta Senechal de la Roche (poetry)
Release from the Ceramic Doghouse by Derek Updegraff (fiction)
Spit. Swallow. Survive. by Seema Yasmin (poetry)