We Have a Winner :: Fall 2017 Black River Chapbook Competition

BRCC large
We’re so excited to let you know that the results for the Fall 2017 Black River Chapbook Competition are in. And the winning manuscript is…

Something Like the End by Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier

Ashley Hermsmeier author photoAshley Morrow Hermsmeier holds an MFA in Fiction from Pacific University and an undergraduate degree in English Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. Her stories and essays have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Reviewphoebe, Flash Fiction MagazineGemini, Front Porch, Weber—The Contemporary West, and Cease Cows, among others. She has won two previous fiction contests (2015, 2017), and her story “When the Bees Come Back” received a Pushcart Prize nomination. She currently teaches English and writing in San Diego.
We couldn’t be happier to add Ashley’s chapbook to our series. Something Like the End (short fiction) will be published by Black Lawrence Press in spring 2019. Welcome to the BLP family, Ashley!
Our finalists and semi-finalists were:
FINALISTS (alphabetical)

The Feral Children by Michael Beeman (fiction)
The Finest Fog by Susan Bruce (poetry)
Blueprints by Sarah Burke (poetry)
Blood/letting by Joseph Han (poetry)
Something Like the End by Ashley Hermsmeier (fiction)
Things You Won’t Tell Your Therapist: Stories by Colleen Rich (fiction)
Grimoire by Cherene Sherrard (poetry)
Best True Love Stories by Jan Stinchcomb (fiction)
The Cartography of Sleep by Laura Villareal (poetry)
Before the Rain by Jill Widner (fiction)

SEMI-FINALISTS (alphabetical)

The Invitation by Marie Baleo (fiction)
Monuments to Jefferson Davis by Craig Beaven (poetry)
A Wilderness by Stephanie Cawley (poetry)
sorry for the delay by Yujane Chen (poetry)
Love Story in Sixty Seconds by Kevin Chesser (poetry)
The Truck was Cursed by Shonté Daniels (poetry)
Contestant by Emily Koehn (poetry)
What the Dead Require by Danielle LaVaque-Manty (fiction)
Painted Lair by Cecilia Llompart (poetry)
Where Else Would I Go by Sam Martone (fiction)
The Ire Barn by Tracy Mishkin (poetry)
Hers by Nicole Miyashiro (fiction)
More Salt, All the Time by Matthew Rowe (poetry)
Husbandry by Anna Sutton (poetry)
Aquí No Más by Edward Willy (fiction)