2023 St. Lawrence Book Award Finalists

We are very pleased to announce the 2023 St. Lawrence Book Award finalists and semi-finalists. We look forward to announcing the winning manuscript, which will be chosen from the pool of finalists, in the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone who participated!



Lake Effect by Hillary Behrman – prose

Four Cities by Mihir Bellamkonda – poetry

Drawing a Map by Jeanette Burney – poetry

The Sage and the Pine by Kelly Craig – prose

What Used to be Called Ruins by Fay Dillof – poetry

Lucky Bodies by Marianne Erhardt – prose

Swimming Lessons by Michael Horton – prose

Breasts/Mom by Emily Hyland – poetry

The Worried Well by Anthony Immergluck – poetry

Worth Burning by Mickie Kennedy – poetry

Drawing the World by Richard Kenefic – poetry

Landscape, Dad! by Christopher Klingbeil – poetry

The Cosmonaut is Not My Father by Adam Love – poetry

My Prisoner & Other Stories – Tyler McAndrew – prose

Unfolding the Flood by Peter Mason – poetry

Python with a Dog Inside It by Maxwell McDonough – poetry

God of Water & Other Poems by Taiyo Na – poetry

Architecture of Grief by Sarah Nance – poetry

Five Birds by Thomas Francis O’Donnell – poetry

Dream of Low Houses by Max Schleicher – poetry

With Ah! Bright Wings by Joyce Schmid – poetry

Imagining Roses by Lisa Sharon – prose

The Blood Year Daughter by G.G. Silverman – prose

We Will Be Wildflowers by Tria Wen – prose

Field Notes from the Daylight Factory by Tara Westmor – poetry



Dandelion: A Memoir by Danielle Bainbridge – prose

Splice by Anthony Borruso – poetry

The Practices by John Cone – poetry

Extinction Debt by Cole Depuy – poetry

My First Life by Joseph Daniel Duffy – poetry

Wrong Minority by Michael Hahn – prose

Life Camp by Jenny Halper – prose

Something like Redemption by Joy Icayan – poetry

The Heartbeat I’m Feeling Isn’t My Own by Ben Jahn – prose

And Other Myths by Eddie Kim – poetry

Notes Toward a Psalm by Daniel Kraft – poetry

The Seed Review by Dan Mallette – poetry

Sara’s Uprising by Liz Marlow – poetry

Vanishing Point by Wynne Morrison – poetry

Warble by Alicia Rebecca Myers – poetry

Seeing the Big Dog by Katharine Ogle – poetry

Linea Nigra by Haya Pomrenze – poetry

Datura by Adrian T. Quintanar – poetry

I Was, Am, Will Be by Jonathan Rice – poetry

Always There, Always Gone: A Daughter’s Search for Truth on the Other Side of Tragedy by Marty Ross-Dolen – prose

Shaken: A Recycle by Ellen McGrath Smith – poetry

Afterlife by Carrie Strand Tebeau – poetry

Toy by John Thurgood – prose

48 hours down the shore by Liza Wolff-Francis – poetry