And the results are in...


                 (authors listed alphabetically by last name)

                 (authors listed alphabetically by last name)


Starlight and ErrorRemica Bingham-Risher

A book of love, trauma, and relationships, that negotiates of the interconnected gravities that pull us together as human beings and how we change as we collide.

How Before Sleep, Daniela Buccilli

A conversational narrative in four sections, which observes a wide range of the “everyday,” from academia to politics, the writing life, violence, illness, sexuality, and personal relationships.

Anonymous, Monique-Adelle Callahan

A collection that explores several facets of the personal and national history, culture and experiences of African Americans, borrowing from the lyric traditions of music, conversation, and prayer.

Oniontown, Tetman Callis

A frank and surrealist collection with unique cast of characters, each grappling with his or her own personal struggles and the overarching social, economic, relational, and political structure.

The Ghosts of Monticello: A Recitative, Carmen Gillespie

A lyrical dramatization of the trials of Sally Hemings and other slaves living on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation.

Digging in the Dark, Susan Lefler

A hybrid of intellectual and personal experience, which investigates themes of death; the social, personal, and political role of the poet; and past and present lives, taking into consideration earlier thinkers, writers, and artists.

The Marriage of Space and Time, Jed Myers

A lyrical collection echoing the themes, style, and lexicon of Romantics like Blake and Hopkins.

The Secret Lives of Misspelled Cities, Zohra Saed

A collection of family myths, legends of survival, migration, and restoration that begins in Afghanistan and radiates to Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United States.

A Girl Could Disappear Like This, Deborah Schwartz

An exploration of the gendered body and physical experience, through the lens of several perspectives and personalities.

Was Body, Billie Tadros

A conceptual examination of the uses and constraints of the body, as well as the relationships between body and self, and the body and others.

Stay Tuned...

In an effort to give all of our entrants the time and attention they deserve, Contest Judge Kyle Dargan's
winner and four finalists will be announced in late December 2016.
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The winning author will receive $500, a contract for publication by Stillhouse Press, ten copies of their book, and paid transport to the 2017 Fall for the Book festival in Northern Virginia, where the winner will participate in a reading and conversation with contest judge, Kyle Dargan.


Kyle Dargan is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Honest Engine: Poems (University of Georgia Press, 2015) and Logorrhea Dementia: A Self-Diagnosis (UGA, 2010).  His debut, The Listening (UGA, 2004) won the 2003 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and his second, Bouquet of Hungers (UGA, 2007) was awarded the 2008 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry.  Dargan’s poems and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, The Newark Star-Ledger, Ploughshares,, and Shenandoah.  While a Yusef Komunyakaa fellow at Indiana University, Dargan served as poetry editor for Indiana Review.  Former managing editor of Callaloo, Dargan is also the founding editor of Post No Ills Magazine. He is Director of Creative Writing at American University and lives in Washington, DC.