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2017 Fiction Prize, judged by Porochista Khakpour


CA is thrilled to announce that the 2017 Fiction Prize is now open for submissions! Our judge is the incredible Porochista Khakpour.


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).
 

What kinda fiction are we looking for? Whether it’s the dystopic near future, an epistolary love story, autofiction, coming of age, a tale of two puppies, a story of war on another planet or one about being human in 2017, we want work that elevates and amplifies underrepresented voices, work that is warm, thoughtful, dark, light, devastating, funny, & necessary.
The winner will receive $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.
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Submission fee: $12
Deadline: October 31st, 2017
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2017 Non Fiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay

CA is thrilled to announce that our inaugural Non Fiction Prize is now open for submissions! Our judge is (deep breath)… Roxane Gay!

What are we looking for? We love writing that is personal, necessary, darkly funny, unfunny, candid, unique, upsetting, popculture-y, untold, includes in-depth research into Channing Chatum’s abs (kidding but not?) – writing that is deeply good and deeply you.

About the Judge: Roxane Gay’s writing appears  in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, and Difficult Women and Hunger forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

Winner

 We are excited to announce the winner of the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize! Writer Naima Coster has won for her nonfiction essay titled “Reorientation”. Coster will receive $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Of Coster’s work, judge Roxane Gay said, “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.”

Congratulations to all our shortlisted and longlisted writers!

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

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.

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

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 Poetry Prize, judged by Claudia Rankine

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

Of the poem, judge Claudia Rankine says, “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.”

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