Winner of the 2019 Autumn House Chapbook Contest Announced!

January 16, 2020

Autumn House is pleased to announce that circle / square by T.J. McLemore is the winner of the 2019 Autumn House Press Chapbook Contest! A big congratulations to T.J. and thanks to all the wonderful poets who were finalists and everyone who submitted this year!

T.J.’s poems have appeared in New England Review, Crazyhorse, 32 Poems, Adroit Journal, Prairie Schooner, SLICE, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and other publications. Individual poems have been selected for Best New Poets, featured on Poetry Daily, and nominated for a Pushcart. He’s received awards and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Boston University, Crab Orchard Review, and Poetry by the Sea. T.J. also serves as a poetry editor at The Hopper and Descant and is currently a doctoral student in English literature and environmental humanities at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Judge Gerry LaFemina said the collection stood out to him because “the poems became the nexus point for a love of science, a love for verse, and an exploration of the human.”


Sonnets for an End of the Midwest by Max Schleicher


Burntwater by Chee Brossy
Candles for Eva by Susanna Brougham
Sum Dark by Lindsay Coleman
We All Face the Tremendous Meat on the Teppan by Naoko Fujimoto
Cathedrals by Daniel Arias Gomez
Riddles of Flock and Bone by W.J. Herbert
Catch a Glow by Karl Iglesias
Siddity by Michelle Keita
Dream of the Lake by Caroline Mar
Alternatives for Succulents by John Paul Martinez
Of the Tempest & Formlessness by A. Pence
everything saved will be last by Isaac Pickell
There Are Ghosts That Live Between Us by Kristin Prevallet
Dear Wolf by Heather Sellers
Something That Works: A Podcast of Poems by Hannah Suarez
fatherstuff & motherland by Tobias Wray
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