We are excited to announce the winner of the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize! Poet MK Chavez has won for her poem “The New White House, Finding Myself Among the Ruins”. Chavez will receive $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Of Chavez’s poem, judge Eileen Myles said, “I find this poem wryly political. I don’t entirely know which words are nouns and which words are verbs, so its affect is kind of static yet I’m intrigued by its arch and frozen nature and the end is so ghostly and pithy and I think it’s cool.”

Our second and third place winners are Talin Tahajian for her poem “No steeple,” and Skylar Salvatore for her poem, “while you sleep, Idaho”. They will receive $150 and $50, respectively, as well as publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Congratulations to MK Chavez, Talin Tahajian, and Skylar Salvatore, and to all our shortlisted and longlisted poets! Look for the winning poems in the March issue of Cosmonauts Avenue, and stay tuned for A VERY EXCITING announcement about our next contest!

BIOS:

Oakland based writer, MK Chavez is the author of several chapbooks, including Mothermorphosis. Dear Animal, her first full collection was released in October 2016 by Nomadic Press. Chavez is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, curator of Uptown Friday Readings in Oakland, and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. In 2016 she received an Alameda County Arts Leadership Award.

Talin Tahajian grew up near Boston. Her poetry has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, Sixth Finch, Birdfeast, Passages North, Columbia Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2014 & 2016, Salt Hill, Washington Square Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She’s the author of two chapbooks, The smallest thing on Earth (forthcoming from Bloom Books) and Start with dead things (Midnight City Books, 2015), a split chapbook with Joshua Young. Ocean Vuong included her series, “Movie Star with Vanilla Milkshake” (Poor Claudia), in his list of the fifteen best poems published online by women poets of color in 2014, curated by Up the Staircase Quarterly. She edits poetry for The Adroit Journal.

Skylar Salvatore writes poems in Missoula, Montana where she is currently earning her MFA at University of Montana. Some of her poems have been published in Aphros and Leste. Her muse is a small, round, and incredibly good looking dog named Maxwell.

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”

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


2016 Fiction Prize, Judged by Mona Awad

Winner: Stephanie Wong Ken, “Face”

“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.” – Mona Awad

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 Phillip, Lisa Piazza, Bushra Rehman, Erin Kate Ryan, Kristin Vukovic, Saba Waheed, Stephanie Wong Ken, Jenny Xie 

2016 Poetry Prize, Judged by Claudia Rankine

Winner: Raena Shirali, “dayaan summoning magic”

 “‘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”. – Claudia Rankine

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

2015 Flash Fiction Prize 

Winner: Gabriel Bump, “Okay People”