Autumn House is pleased to announce that Yona Harvey selected In the Antarctic Circle by Dennis James Sweeney as the winner of this year’s Rising Writer Prize! We are thrilled to publish Dennis’s debut full-length collection in March 2021.
Dennis James Sweeney’s poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Passages North, Quarterly West, and The New York Times, among others. He is a Small Press Editor of Entropy, the recipient of an MFA from Oregon State University, and a former Fulbright fellow in Malta. Originally from Cincinnati, he lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. He is the author of the chapbook Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted, as well as three other chapbooks of poetry and prose.
We’d also like to congratulate the runner-up and finalists for their wonderful manuscripts
This year’s runner-up was In the year of more terrible news by Kabel Mishka Ligot.
0-Six by Sarah Bates
Common Condition by Georgia Dennison
Tapetum Lucidum by James Ellenberger
Swan Hammer: an Instructor’s Guide to Mirrors by Maggie Graber
Hands Pull You Apart by Emily Jaeger
Little Pharma by Laura Kolbe
You’re Lucky to Get Touched at All by Jessica Morey-Collins
Sweet Beast by Gabriella R. Tallmadge
Preferred Internal Landscape by Emma Winsor Wood
Involuntary Hold by Erik Wilbur