Winner of the 2020 Autumn House Chapbook Contest Announced!

October 19, 2020

A big congratulations to Sean Cho A.! His chapbook, “American” Home, was selected as the winner of this year’s chapbook prize!

Of the collection, judge Danusha Laméris said: The voice in “American” Home is surprising, odd, and subtle. These poems of place and displacement have echoes of Ilya Kaminsky in their associative wildness. Of the staccato leaps of Victoria Chang. And their own, home-grown existential reckoning. Fig trees trained to grow in simulated Martian air live here alongside bower birds and hidden butter knives. I can’t resist their allure and unanswerable questions.

Sean Cho A. is the Associate and Social Media Editor for THRUSH Poetry Journal and an MFA candidate at the University of California Irvine. His work can be future-found in Pleiades, Salt Hill, The Journal, and elsewhere. Sean’s manuscript Not Bilingual was a finalist for the Write Bloody Publishing Poetry Prize. He is also a staff reader for Ploughshares and a contributing editor for The Faultline.


We’d also like to congratulate all the finalists and thank everyone who submitted this year.



Another Sky by Ryler Dustin


Finalists (listed in alphabetical order) 

Harp in a Fireplace by Hussain Ahmed

Bloodwarm by Taylor Byas

The Geographic Tongue by Georgia Dennison

All the Other Fathers Morgan Eklund

Prairie Burning by Joshua Garcia

Riddles of Flock & Bone by W.J. Herbert

Cohabitations by Anthony Immergluck

Softening of the Sun by Anne Kwok

The Body Myth by Hannah Land

Petrichor by Anthony Thomas Lombardi

Ripening Kind by Erin Miller

name/brand by Isaac Pickell

The Kind of Truth Motels Carry by Travis Truax

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