Spring 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition finalists & semi-finalists announced!

We’ve been itching to announce the finalists & semi-finalists for the Spring 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition, and the moment is finally here! We received close to 500 submissions this spring, so needless to say, the process of narrowing those entries down to a short list of awesomeness was no easy feat! A huge thanks to all the writers who entered–there are more than a few truly excellent manuscripts that don’t appear on these lists, and you made our job very hard in the best possible way.
Without further ado, we’re pleased to announce the finalists and semi-finalists (in alphabetical order):

these tornadoes by Ruth Baumann (poetry)
A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us by Caleb Curtiss (poetry)
The Mothercake Cycle by Kolby Harvey (poetry)
Families Among Us by Blake Kimzey (fiction)
How to Build a Radio-belly by Tony Mancus (poetry)
Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush by Kerry-Lee Powell (fiction)
The Owl that Carries Us Away by Doug Ramspeck (fiction)
The Legend of Steve Prefontaine by Todd Seabrook (poetry)
New City by Scott Abels (poetry)
Sometimes, But Not All the Time by Erin Bertram (poetry)
Swim Up Safe by Emily Brandt (poetry)
White Twilight Object by Caroline Cabrera (poetry)
Alter State by Adam Crittenden (poetry)
Swallow Down by Sherrie Flick (fiction)
In the Alabaster City by Douglas Jones (poetry)
Anaphora by Joddy Murray (poetry)
Rossum’s Universal Robots by Jay Orff (fiction)
All the Badness by Davina Owombre (fiction)
The Smallest Space We Both Can Take by Justin Runge (poetry)
To all the semi-finalists, congrats & thank you! We’ll now be re-reading and re-re-reading our list of finalists and will select the winner shortly. Stay tuned!