The Fall 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition Results Are In!

We’re so excited to announce the results for the Fall 2020 Black River Chapbook Competition. And the winning manuscript is …

Dominant Genes by SJ Sindu


SJ Sindu is a Tamil diaspora author of two novels. Her first novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award and was a Stonewall Honor Book and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Sindu’s second novel, Blue-Skinned Gods, will be published in November 2021. Her hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook, I Once Met You But You Were Dead, won the Turnbuckle Chapbook contest and was published by Split/Lip Press. A 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, Sindu holds an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Florida State University. Sindu teaches at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


We couldn’t be happier to add Sindu’s amazing chapbook to our series. Dominant Genes, a hybrid collection of poetry and lyric essays, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in spring 2022. We’re so happy to welcome Sindu to the BLP family!

Our Fall 2020 BRCC finalists and semi-finalists were:

FINALISTS (alphabetical)

Exquisite Corpse by Bryan Byrdlong (poetry)
Daycare by Anna Foran (prose poetry)
Might Kindred by Monica Gomery (poetry)
Southwest Stories by Marcy Rae Henry (prose)
Ripening Kind by Erin Miller (poetry)
Instructions May Vary by Nia Morgan (poetry)
Our Archipelago by Troy Osaki (poetry)
Goat Songs by Jeremy Packert Burke (prose)
Haints by Colleen Rich (prose)
Thick City by Katie Jean Shinkle (prose)
Dominant Genes by SJ Sindu (prose / hybrid)
When I interview fire by Carolyn Supinka (poetry / hybrid)
The Sisters by Jordan Windholz (poetry)

SEMI-FINALISTS (alphabetical)

Wants, Revisited by Stacy Bierlein (prose)
You Are Nature by Amanda Bloom (prose)
a small house by Michael Farfel (prose)
Eternal September by Marcy Rae Henry (prose)
Aftermaths by Christopher Lombardo (prose / hybrid)
The Bath by Kiley McLaughlin (poetry)
Projection in Retrograde by Natalie Mesnard (poetry)
The Language of Bees by Tracy Miller Geary (prose)
Quicksand / Stargazing by Remi Recchia (poetry)
Paradigm Temporarily Under Construction by G. J. Sanford (poetry)
Passport Poems by Yun Wei (poetry)