Cosmonauts Avenue is excited to announce the 2017 CA Poetry Prize Shortlist! This was our BIGGEST contest yet and we were overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions. All longlisted poets were offered publication, and all shortlisted poets are being considered by judge Eileen Myles. The winners will be announced this month.

2017 CA Poetry Prize Shortlist

MK Chavez – “The New White House, Finding Myself Among the Ruins”
Omotara James – “Three Women / Two Transfers and a Token / One Reincarnation”
RE Katz – “Demimonde”
Stephon Lawrence – “//ghouls in a subway car”
Robin Richardson – “THE PENDULUM OF FEMALE SURVIVAL”
Skylar Salvatore – “while you sleep, Idaho”
Talin Tahajian – “No steeple”

 

2017 CA Poetry Prize Longlist

Andrea Abi-Karam – “COMPLEX DESIRE”
Miriam Borgstrom – “Triptych with Missing Limb”
Liz Bowen – “On Being Milk”
Laura Buccieri – “what does gender got to do with a table”
Sally Burnette – “dyke/bitch notebook”
MK Chavez  – “The New White House, Finding Myself Among the Ruins”
Elisa Gonzalez – “Sex in Two Acts”
Stephon Lawrence – “//ghouls in a subway car”
Jamie Mortara – “we are burying the hatchet”
Omotara James – “Three Women / Two Transfers and a Token / One Reincarnation”
RE Katz – “Demimonde”
Béné Kusendila – “Da Capo Al Fine”
Robin Richardson – “THE PENDULUM OF FEMALE SURVIVAL”
Skylar Salvatore – “while you sleep, Idaho”
Angie Sijun Lou – “You keep me up at night”
Talin Tahajian – “No steeple”
Talin Tahajian – “I keep a strange list”


We are excited to announce the winner of the inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize! Steph Wong Ken has won for her story “Face.” Ms. Wong Ken will receive $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Of the story, judge Mona Awad said, “A vital and dangerous cautionary tale about beauty, convention and its price. I love how the narrator’s story’s nail-sharp voice navigates such dark and disturbing terrain with humor and grace.It grabbed me from its provocative beginning to its deeply haunting ending.”

Congratulations to Steph Wong Ken and to all our shortlisted and longlisted writers! Look for the winning story in the next issue of Cosmonauts Avenue!

Steph Wong Ken is completing her MFA at Portland State University. Her chapbook Nebraska & Miracle came out in 2011 via Maison Kasini Press.

SHORTLIST

Leah Bailly, Angie Lou, Naima Coster, Lisa Piazza, Caroline Crew, Takemasa Kurita, Bushra Rehman, Saba Waheed, Stephanie Wong Ken, Jenny Xie

LONGLIST

Leah Bailly, Bridget Brewer, Naima Coster, Caroline Crew, Kristyn Dunnion, Natalie Eilbert, Sonia Feigelson, Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes, Takemasa Kurita, Angie Lou, Benjamin Marshall, Jess Pane, Matt Phillp, Lisa Piazza, Bushra Rehman, Erin Kate Ryan, Kristin Vukovic, Saba Waheed, Stephanie Wong Ken, Jenny Xie


We are excited to announce the winner of the inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize: Poet Raena Shirali has won for her poem “dayaan summoning magic”. Ms. Shirali will receive $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Of the poem, judge Claudia Rankine said, “dayaan summoning magic” is full of patience with its own unfolding. The poem sees the spectral as contingencies and offers up the conduction if as a way of opening out the metaphor of burning. A very beautiful and moving elegy.

Congratulations to Raena Shirali and to all our shortlisted and longlisted poets! Look for the winning poem in the April issue of Cosmonauts Avenue, and stay tuned for announcements about our next contest.

Raena Shirali’s first book, GILT, is forthcoming in 2016 with YesYes Books, and her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Four Way Review, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, The Nervous Breakdown, Pleiades, and many more. Her other honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize, the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and a “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize in 2013. She currently lives in Charleston, SC, where she teaches English at College of Charleston.

SHORTLIST

Hannah Beresford, Lisa Hiton, Victoria Kornick, Esther Lee, Virginia McLure, Rebecca Salazar, Chelsey Shannon, Raena Shirali, Halie Theoharides, and Renia White

LONGLIST

Aziza Barnes, Hannah Beresford, Adebe Derango-Adem, Lisa Hiton, Nicholas Gulig, Victoria Kornick, Kimberly Kotel, Esther Lee, Virginia McLure, Rae Paris, Tommy Pico, Emily Pittinos, Joy Priest, Rebecca Salazar, Chelsey Shannon, Raena Shirali, Halie Theoharides, Maurisa Thompson, Chimwemwe Undi, and Renia White