2018 Poetry Prize judged by Tommy Pico
Deadline: February 14th
Prize: $500 & publication in Cosmonauts Avenue
2017 Fiction Prize judged by Porochista Khakpour
Stay Tuned! The Longlist Will Be Announced December 2017
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.”
The winner of the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Non Fiction Prize is Naima Coster for her essay titled “Reorientation”.
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.”
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!
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.”
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.”
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