The 2023 Breakthrough Chapbook Contest — Winner and Finalists!

Please join us in congratulating Kathryn Hargett-Hsu, winner of the 2023 Frontier Breakthrough Chapbook Contest. Hargett-Hsu’s manuscript was selected by Kemi Alabi and will be published in spring 2024. And congratulations to our outstanding finalists and longlisters! We’re confident we’ll see your chapbooks in the world soon.

We want to also extend a sincere thank you to everyone who submitted and for your patience as we reviewed all the extraordinary work we received this year.


WINNER // $2000 + Publication in 2024

Selected by Kemi Alabi

The Skin is a Warm Coat by Kathryn Hargett-Hsu

Kathryn Hargett-Hsu 徐凯蒂 received her MFA in Writing at Washington University in St. Louis. Born and raised in Alabama, she is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, and the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. Most recently, she received the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Lynda Hull Memorial Prize. Find her in Best New Poets, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, Arts & Letters, Muzzle Magazine, The Margins, Salt Hill Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review,, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

The Finalists Are

For Eve, Which Means Life. Means Animal. by Nicole Adabunu

You Were Never Lovelier by Ryan Black

The Hunt of the Unicorn by Kirun Kapur

The Red We Silk by Nicole Lachat

On Fire for Decades by Emily Lake Hansen

Peppered Path by Weijia Pan

Creation Delay by Polley Poer

Nepenthe Radiant by Aimee Seu

incision by Malik Thompson


The Poets on the Longlist Are

Naomi Azriel

Jessica Ballen

Aida Bardissi

Mihir Bellamkonda

Ann-Marie Blanchard

Wendy Bourgeois

Mary Brownell

Matthew Buxton

Ellara Chumashkaeva

Elizabeth Coleman

Kym Cunningham

Maria Esquinca

Stacy Forbes

Tatiana Gómez

Linnea Harper

Javeria Hasnain

Aiden Heung

Erik Jonah

Alyson Kissner

Hannah Lee

Mary MacGowan

Tara Mesalik MacMahon

Henry Mills

Khashayar “Kess” Mohammadi

Carol Park

Lucie Pereira

Isa Pickett

Julie Runacres

Wendy Scher

Danie Shokoohi

Kashiana Singh

Kaitlyn Snodgrass

Ojo Taiye

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