The Fall 2021 Black River Chapbook Competition Results Are Here!

We’re so excited to announce the results of the Fall 2021 Black River Chapbook Competition. And the winning manuscript is …

In Life There Are Many Things by Lucy Wainger

Lucy Wainger grew up in New York City. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, DIAGRAM, The Margins, POETRY, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from Emory University, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Louis B. Sudler Prize in the Arts. She’s currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at UMass Amherst, where she teaches undergraduate composition and creative writing. In Life There Are Many Things is her first chapbook.


We couldn’t be happier to add Lucy’s amazing chapbook to our series. In Life There Are Many Things, a collection of poetry, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in spring 2023. We’re so happy to welcome Lucy to the BLP family!


Our Fall 2021 BRCC finalists and semi-finalists were:

FINALISTS (alphabetical)

I Love You Like A Brother by Joanna Acevedo (prose)

Oblivion’s Fisher by Iain Grinbergs (poetry)

Hundred Sixty Beats Per Minute by William Haas (prose)

Organism, a Memoirs by Laura Knott (prose)

The Lives of Tita by Melissa Llanes Brownlee (prose)

Habits of Adornment by Aumaine Rose Smith (poetry)

house(hold) by Lindsay Stewart (poetry)

In Life There Are Many Things by Lucy Wainger (poetry)

Threshold People by Ariel Yisrael (poetry)


SEMI-FINALISTS (alphabetical)

Museum of Things by Liz Chang (poetry)

Skin Over Milk by Sara Chansarkar (prose)

another sun another setting by Josh Corson (poetry)

Dance Dance Apocalypse by Zoë Fay-Stindt (poetry)

Familiar by Luiza Flynn-Goodlett (poetry)

Diogenes’ Lilies by Peter Giebel (poetry)

How These Girls Shimmer by Julia Hands (prose)

Paternity by Greg Hrbek (prose)

Something Dead But Still Trying to Be Pretty by Tara Labovich (prose)

What We Deserve by Wendy Oleson (prose)

When the Forest Finds You by Lannie Stabile (poetry)

Mina and Fina and Lotte Wattimena by Jill Widner (prose)

Tigers and The Stick Man by Zach Witt (prose)


Submitted a chapbook manuscript to our November Open Reading Period? Open Reading submissions are still being read and considered, and responses will be sent out on a rolling basis this winter/spring.