We Have a Winner :: Spring 2017 Black River Chapbook Competition

We’re so excited to let you know that the results for the Spring 2017 Black River Chapbook Competition are in. And the winning manuscript is…

Primitivity by Amy Sayre Baptista

Amy Sayre BaptistaAmy Sayre Baptista’s writing has appeared in The Best Small Fictions (2017), Corium, SmokeLong Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Butter, Alaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. She was a SAFTA fellow (2015), a CantoMundo Poetry fellow (2013), and a scholarship recipient to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal (2011). She performs with Kale Soup for the Soul, a Portuguese-American artist’s collective, and Poetry While You Wait (Chicago). She is a co-founder of Plates&Poetry, a community arts program focused on food and writing. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and teaches Humanities at Western Governors University. She lives in Illinois.

We couldn’t be happier to add Amy’s chapbook to our series. Primitivity (short fiction) will be published by Black Lawrence Press in fall 2018. Welcome to the BLP family, Amy!

Our finalists and semi-finalists were:
FINALISTS (alphabetical)
Sore Songs by Heather June Gibbons (poetry)
No Good for Digging by Dustin M. Hoffman (fiction)
Inheritance by Taylor Johnson (poetry)
dolores in spanish is pain, dolores in lolita is a girl by Ashley Miranda (poetry)
Please Find Us by Wendy Oleson (fiction)
Smoke-Girl by Simone Person (poetry)
Primitivity by Amy Sayre Baptista (fiction)
Peripheral by Tessa Yang (fiction)
SEMI-FINALISTS (alphabetical)

Can We Agree I Am Invisible by Josh Bettinger (poetry)
Formaldehyde by Shonté Daniels (poetry)
When You Find Yourself at the Center of the Earth by Daniel DiFranco (fiction)
Harm’s Way by Luiza Flynn-Goodlett (poetry)
Tales from Weird Pig by Robert Long Foreman (fiction)
Howled Me Down: Stories by Erica Hussey (fiction)
Grasp This Salt by Erin Kae (poetry)
birthbone/deathbone by Tony Mancus (poetry)
Scaring the Horses and other stories by Jane McDermott (fiction)
Mobile Devices Can’t Smell Honeysuckle by John Meyers (fiction)
Final Girl by Lauren Milici (poetry)
Power Plays by Jessica Morey-Collins (poetry)
the practice of devotion Elizabeth Myhr (poetry)
Invisible Friends, In Technicolor by Eric Schlich (fiction)
[redacted] (fiction)
Language Born of Territory by Sonja Swift (poetry)
Below the Heart by Vickie Weaver (fiction)