The 2021 Hudson Prize: Finalists & Semi-Finalists

We’d like to thank all of the poets and writers who participated in the 2021 Hudson Prize. And we are pleased to announce the finalists and semi-finalists:

Fiction Finalists
Some is Skin, Some is Flesh by Brendan Egan
Scream Queen by Jeremy Griffin
Every Goddamn Day by Carrie Grinstead
Things Every Woman Should Know About Love by Jenny Halper
Stealing Home by Sharon Hashimoto
Monarch Blue and Other Stories by Barbara Litkowski
The Swallowed Earth by Chloe Chun Seim
Little Resurrection Machines by Jay Shearer
Boomtown Girl by Shubha Sunder
We Are Beautiful, We are Wild by Wendy Elizabeth Wallace

Fiction Semi-Finalists
Accepted Forms of Ruin by Jessica Barksdale
White Sands by John Blair
Centrifugal by Matthew Burnside
Human Science by Kate Garklavs
We Are Not Lemons by Chelsey Grasso
Please Don’t Feed the Philosophers by Andrew Gretes
All the Rivers Flow into the Sea by Khanh Ha
In Other Lifetimes All I’ve Lost Comes Back to Me by Courtney Sender
Love You to Death by Jan Stinchcomb
The Luckiest Man in Town by Michael Caleb Tasker

Poetry Finalists
At Risk by Teresa Cader
Happy Everything by Caitlin Cowan
the swailing by Patrick Errington
Black Metamorphosis by Shanta Lee Gander
Beehive State by Christian Gullette
In the Clearing by Erica Hughes
Evolutions Psalms by Tayve Neese
Customary Calculus for Chronicity by Theri Pickens
summonings by Raena Shirali
How to Abandon Ship by Sasha West

Poetry Semi-Finalists
Mama was a Negro Spiritual by Latorial Faison
Good Mood by Jessica Farquhar
The Cutting Room by Elizabeth Hoover
Three Women by Amanda Montei
Lore by Brianna Noll
What Flies Want by Emily Perez
Surface by Angela Qian
Petrichor by Frankie A Soto
The Green We Speak by Ira Sukrungruang
A Pound of Cure by Edward Wilson


We will choose a winner from the pool of finalists. Stay tuned!