The 2020 Industry Prize — Winners and Finalists!

Congratulations to Michelle Phương Ting, winner of the 2020 Frontier Industry Prize, and a sincere thanks to everyone who submitted. Thank you, also, for your patience while we reviewed all the extraordinary work. Michelle Phương Ting was selected for the $3000 prize by a panel of distinguished literary figures Daniel Slager, Peter LaBerge, and Carmen Giménez Smith. Chaun Ballard is our 2nd place winner, and Adedayo Agarau our third. We are so excited to share their work with you! Stay tuned.



Michelle Phương Ting

“The Long Afterlife”

To be published on December 2, 2020

Michelle Phương Ting’s writing most recently appeared in Apogee, Wildness, and Tupelo Quarterly and has been nominated for the “Best American Essays” series. A Tin House alum, she has received fellowships from Kenyon Writers Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, Omnidawn, Fine Arts Work Center, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and New Haven’s Cultural Vitality Grant. In 2019, she co-curated Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Festival featuring emerging Asian American and Pacific Islander artists. A former educator at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, and various community organizations, she is currently a 2020 NXTHVN Curatorial Fellow and incoming MFA student at NYU.

2nd Place

Chaun Ballard

“while i walk, my brother assures my nephew there are wildflowers growing in minneapolis”

To be published on November 25, 2020

Chaun Ballardis an affiliate editor for Alaska Quarterly Review, and a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Chaun Ballard’s chapbook, Flight, was the winner of the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and is published by Tupelo Press. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Rattle, The New York Times, Tupelo Quarterly, and other literary magazines. Chaun is the recipient of a 2019 Alaska Literary Award. His work has received nominations for both Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize.


3rd Place

Adedayo Agarau

“Bad Dream With My Grandmother’s Stroke”

To be published on November 18, 2020

Adedayo Agarau writes from a small house in Ibadan where he read books and does freelance content writing. His works can be found on Mineral Lit, Glass, Nitrogen House, GialloLit, Rabid Oak, Agbowo, Jalada, Linden Avenue, Ghost City and elsewhere. Agarau’s chapbook, The Origin of Name, was selected by Chris Abani and Kwame Dawes for New Generation African Poet (African Poetry Book Fund), 2020. His chapbook, The Arrival of Rain, was published by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press.


The Finalists Are

Chelsea Bunn
Chelsea DesAutels
Jamila Osman
Marisa Tirado
Michelle Macfarlane
Michelle Peñaloza
Saúl Hernández


The Poets on the Longlist Are

A.D. Lauren-Abunassar
Alexandra Grunberg
Ashley Mallick
Benjamin Cutler
Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan
Cheyenne Marcelus
Darren White
Em J Parsley
Frederic Rhodes Henderer
Gisselle Yepes
Helen Chinitz
Hila Shachar
Jacqueline Jones LaMon
Janiru Liyanage
Jasmine Reid
Jordan Franklin
Karla Cordero
Keith Wilson
Laura Potts
Michelle Macfarlane
Nancy Aldrich
Rachel Michelle Collier
Rayn Fox
S K Grout
Sally Familia
Sarah Venart
Sarah Walsh
Stephanie Saywell
Xu Zhu

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