The 2020 Award For New Poets — Winners and Finalists!
Congratulations to the talented emerging poet Taylor Byas, winner of the 2020 Award for New Poets, and a sincere thanks to everyone who submitted. Thank you, also, for your patience while we reviewed all the extraordinary work. Taylor Byas has been selected for the $3000 prize by a panel of rising poetry stars Paige Lewis, Camonghne Felix, and Jake Skeets. Samantha Samakande is our 2nd place winner, and Nome Emeka Patrick our third. We are so excited to share their work with you this January!
To be published on January 20, 2021
Taylor Byas is a Black poet and essayist. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Alabama for six years, where she received both her Bachelor’s degree in English and her Master’s degree in English (Creative Writing concentration) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Taylor currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she is a second year PhD student and Albert C. Yates Scholar at the University of Cincinnati studying poetry. She is also a reader for both The Rumpus and The Cincinnati Review, and the Poetry Editor for FlyPaper Lit. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, The Journal, Glass Poetry, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, Hobart, Pidgeonholes,The Rumpus, and others. Her prose appears or is forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Empty Mirror, Jellyfish Review, JMWW, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine and others. She has received four Pushcart, one Best Microfiction, and six Best of the Net nominations. She is also the 1st Place Winner of the 2020 Poetry Super Highway Contest. Her chapbook, BLOODWARM, is forthcoming from Variant Lit (2021).
“On the Thing I Cannot Explain to my Husband”
To be published on January 13, 2021
Samantha Samakande is a Zimbabwean writer currently based out of Bloomfield, NJ. She is a graduate of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and is a junior editor for F(r)iction. It is her lived experience as an immigrant that made her a poet, an observer, and a daughter of many tongues and in-betweens.
Nome Emeka Patrick
“The Body Walks Through Grief Towards God”
To be published on January 6, 2021
Nome Emeka Patrick is a blxck bxy; he graduated from University of Benin, Nigeria, where he studied English Language and Literature. His works have been published or forthcoming in POETRY, AGNI, Poet Lore, Strange Horizons, Black Warrior Review, Beloit poetry journal, The FIDDLEHEAD, Notre Dame Review, Puerto Del Sol, McNeese Review, FLAPPER HOUSE, Gargouille, Crannóg magazine, Mud Season Review, The Oakland Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly and elsewhere. A Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Pushcart prize nominee. His manuscript We Need New Moses. Or New Luther King was a finalist for the 2018 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He writes from Lagos, Nigeria. Say Hi on Twitter @paht_rihk
The Finalists Are
The Poets on the Longlist Are
Carolann Caviglia Madden
S. Erin Batiste
Tzy Jiun Tan