PRIZES 2017-11-30T16:01:13+00:00

2018 Poetry Prize judged by Tommy Pico

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. With Morgan Parker he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA). Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.
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We’re thrilled to announce that our 2018 poetry prize is now open for submissions!!!  What kinda poetry are we looking for? We want work that elevates and amplifies underrepresented voices, work that shines a light somewhere we should be looking, but maybe aren’t, work that settles into our bones so we can carry it with us awhile. Send us your warm, your thoughtful, your unsettling, your funny & devastating, your necessary words. We can’t wait.
  • Deadline: February 14th 

  • Fee: $12 

  • Prize: $500 & publication in Cosmonauts Avenue

SUBMIT NOW

2017 Fiction Prize judged by Porochista Khakpour

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Stay Tuned! The Longlist Will Be Announced December 2017

Our judge is the incredible Porochista Khakpour, author of the forthcoming memoir Sick (Harper Perennial, May 2018), and the novels The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 “Best Book of the Year” according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more — and Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove, 2007).

2017 Non Fiction Prize judged by Roxane Gay

“Reorientation is a formidable essay about how delicately painful it can be to leave what you know of yourself behind as you reach for something different, and how sometimes, there are repercussions to this leaving that you are too young to fully realize. This is a lovely, lovely essay I won’t soon forget.”

— Roxane Gay
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The winner of the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Non Fiction Prize is Naima Coster for her essay titled “Reorientation”.

Naima Coster is a Brooklyn-born writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her first novel, Halsey Street, will be published in January 2018 and is available for preorder. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the RumpusArts & LettersKweli, and Guernica, among other places. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their dog. She tweets as @zafatista

SHORTLIST

Whit Arnold | “Tadpole”
Naima Coster | “Reorientation”
Maia Morgan | “A Dozen Tiny Weapons”
Shamala Gallagher | “You Cannot Grow Bored”
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan | “The Cactus Mother”
Omar Sakr | “Postcards from an Arab Body”

LONGLIST

Whit Arnold | “Tadpole”
Jennifer Berney | “This is Not a Picture of Me Naked”
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan | “The Cactus Mother”
Chloé Cela | “This Skank Woman”
Caroline Crew | “Vacation”
Sarah Cook | “Silence, or misunderstanding”
Naima Coster | “Reorientation”
oscar d’artois | “‘Why I Am Not A Pornstar”
Alex DiFrancesco | “Home in Three Meals”
Shamala Gallagher | “You Cannot Grow Bored”
Lauren Kirshner | “Strawberry Fields Forever”
Geeta Kothari | “Dreams of Home”
Martina Louis | “How I Became an Amerikèn”
Sarah Maria Medina | “Dove”
Maia Morgan | “A Dozen Tiny Weapons”
Omar Sakr | “Postcards from an Arab Body”
Sarah Sgro | “Night Soil”

2017 Poetry Prize judged by Eileen Myles

“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.”

— Eileen Myles
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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.

Our second and third place winners are Talin Tahajian for her poem “No steeple,” and Skylar Salvatore for her poem, “while you sleep, Idaho”.

Congratulations to MK Chavez, Talin Tahajian, and Skylar Salvatore, and to all our shortlisted and longlisted poets!

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”

2016 Fiction Prize judged by Mona Awad

“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
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The winner of the inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize is Steph Wong Ken for her story “Face.” 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.  

2016 Poetry Prize judged by Claudia Rankine

“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

The inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize is Raena Shirali for her poem “dayaan summoning magic”!

Indian American poet and educator Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017). Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Ninth Letter, Tupelo Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, and many more. Her honors include a 2016 Pushcart Prize and the 2014 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, among others. She will be Bucknell University’s Philip Roth Resident this spring at the Stadler Center for Poetry. You can find more of her work atwww.raenashirali.com

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