The 2019 Chapbook Contest — Winner and Finalists!

Jericho Brown has spoken: this year’s Chapbook Contest winner is Naima Yael Tokunow! She will receive the $2000 prize and publication and distribution of her free digital chapbook through Frontier Poetry. We are honored to get to work with her. A big thank you to every submitter who made this year’s contest such a challenge for our team.



“Shadow Black” by Naima Yael Tokunow (to be published 2020)

Naima Yael Tokunow (née Woods) is an educator, writer and editor, currently living in New Mexico. Her work (and life) focus around interrogating black femme identity & privilege, social justice and black futurity. She is the author of the chapbook, Plantetary Bodies, published in 2019 by Black Warrior Review, and MAKE WITNESS, published in 2016 by Zoo Cake Press. She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a TENT Residency Fellow & has attended The Home School workshop in Miami. She proudly edits the Black Voice Series for Puerto del Sol and the Scarlet blog for Jaded Ibis. New work is published or forthcoming from bone bouquet, Bayou, Winter Tangerine, Nat. Brut, juked, Diagram and elsewhere. More information is available at She is blessed to be black and alive.


Runner Ups

“in spite of years of silence” by Ryan Jones

“A Seven in Horses” by Jeff Whitney



Adela Najarro
Isabella DeSendi
Kelly Weber
Kirk Schlueter
Makmak Faunlagui
Mark Wagenaar
Simon Shieh

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