Spring 2015 Black River Chapbook Competition Finalists & Semi-Finalists!

It’s announcement time! We’re excited to share the short list for the Spring 2015 Black River Chapbook Competition. From over 500 entries, we’ve narrowed things down to 20 semi-finalists and 1o finalists. (Perhaps needless to say, this was no easy feat! We read and agonized over FAR more than 30 exciting, well-crafted, and drool-worthy entries. We appreciate every one of you deeply. Please keep making our jobs difficult.)
Entries were read blind by an editorial panel consisting of judges (previous BRCC winners and published finalists) and BLP editors. Entries were kept blind until today–so we can unveil the lists to you!
To all the semi-finalists, congrats & thank you! We will announce the winner from among our list of finalists shortly.
FINALISTS (alphabetical)
St. Trigger Lovestruck by Aaron Coleman (poetry)
Life in the Margins by Lâle Davidson (fiction)
If the Body Is a Door by Ruth Madievsky (poetry)
Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry by Danielle Mitchell (poetry)
Fish, Girls, Flight by David James Poissant (fiction)
Notes on the End of the World by Meghan Privitello (poetry)
The Muddy Season by Matthew Raymond (fiction)
Eastern Seaboard by Rachel Richardson (fiction)
Aphorismia by F Daniel Rzicznek (poetry)
Dissenting Opinion from the Committee for the Beatitudes by Marc Sheehan (fiction)
SEMI-FINALISTS (alphabetical)
Cheating Time by Kim Bradley (fiction)
Mireille by Madeline Carey (fiction)
Two-Headed Boy by Kai Carlson-Wee and Anders Carlson-Wee (poetry)
Marriage Season by Meriwether Clarke (poetry)
The Mechanics of Flight by Hugh Culik (fiction)
Muscle of a Bird by Cherie Hunter Day (poetry)
Girls Prepare for the Apocalypse by Dana Diehl (fiction)
Dead Year by Anne Cecelia Holmes (poetry)
Parables by Maxim Loskutoff (fiction)
Ave by Jennifer Luebbers Leonard (poetry)
Land O’ by Alexandra Lytton Regalado (poetry)
In Praise of Plant Shadows by Marco Maisto (poetry)
Hard-bitten Tongue by Michael Santora (poetry)
A Hierarchy of Animals by Caitlin Scarano (poetry)
The Legend of Steve Prefontaine by Todd Seabrook (fiction)
Minor Late Empire Diversions by Marc Sheehan (poetry)
Passing Strange by AshleyRose Sullivan (fiction)
The Watch Officer’s Guide by Peter Vanderberg (poetry)
I Will Not Kick My Friends by Kathleen Winter (poetry)
Forty Dark Ships by Tobias Wray (poetry)