The Fall 2019 Black River Chapbook Competition Results Are In!

We’re so excited to announce the results for the Fall 2019 Black River Chapbook Competition. And the winning manuscript is …

at first & then by Danielle Rose


Danielle Rose is a poet whose work can be found in The Shallow Ends, FIVE:2:ONE, Sundog Lit, Pidgeonholes, Glass Poetry, and elsewhere. She studied with Carolyn Forché at Skidmore College and lives in Massachusetts.





We’re also thrilled to announce that we will additionally be publishing a finalist from the Fall 2019 competition:

everything saved will be last by Isaac Pickell


Raised in the paperback section of his parents’ used bookstore, Isaac Pickell is a passing poet & PhD student at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he studies the borderlands of blackness and black literature. A graduate of Miami University’s MFA program, his poems have been featured in Black Warrior ReviewFence, The Missouri Review OnlineNinth LetterPuerto del SolSixth Finch, and elsewhere. Isaac is the founding editor of The Woodward Review, a fledgling journal of creative and critical writing. He has taken a seat in all fifty states and has so much to look forward to.

We couldn’t be happier to add these two amazing chapbooks to our series. at first & then, a collection of poetry, and everything saved will be last, also poetry, will both be published by Black Lawrence Press in spring 2021. We’re so happy to welcome both Danielle and Isaac to the BLP family!

Our finalists and semi-finalists were:

FINALISTS (alphabetical)

The Taste of Stolen Water by Evelyn Anderson (poetry)
This Whole Mountainside by Daniel DiFranco (prose)
Pests by Adam Hopwood (prose)
Catch a Glow by Karl Iglesias (poetry)
Split by Heidi Kasa (prose)
everything saved will be last by Isaac Pickell (poetry)
DM Me If You Want to #Repent by Allison Pinkerton (prose)
Soft Animals by Brian Rigg (poetry)
at first & then by Danielle Rose (poetry)
Because We Were Christian Girls by Virgie Townsend (prose)

SEMI-FINALISTS (alphabetical)

Everyone Was Alive Then by Yvonne Amey (poetry)
Grand Thefts by Barrett Bowlin (prose)
Romantic Portrait of a Natural Disaster by Hannah Cajandig-Taylor (poetry)
Goatman by Gretchen Comba (prose)
All My Life I Wanted to Be a Gift to the Nile by Sara Elkamel (poetry)
Architects of Our Already Future by Monica Gomery (poetry)
Bones by Robin Gow (poetry)
An Inventory of Abandoned Things by Kelly Jacobson (prose)
Many to Remember by Rachel Kaufman (poetry)
Elevation of the Mundane by Cecele Kraus (prose)
The BODY at rest by Leeya Mehta (poetry)
Moths by Tessa Micaela Landreau-Grasmuck (poetry)
A Bird That Flies Over the Dead by Stephanie Rogers (poetry)
Gourd Full of Bees by Eileen Rush (poetry)
Food On The Table by Andrew Villegas (poetry)
The Mining Town by Holly Walrath (prose)
Mina & Fina & Lotte Wattimena by Jill Widner (prose)