Winner of the Rising Writer Prize in Poetry

March 11, 2022

Autumn House congratulates Liza Katz Duncan. Her manuscript, Given, was selected as the winner of our 2022 Rising Writer Prize in Poetry by Donika Kelly!

Liza Katz Duncan grew up in New Jersey and holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, About Place, Poetry Northwest, National Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She has received support for her work from Poets & Writers, the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, and the Tucson Festival of Books. She teaches English as a Second Language in New Jersey public schools.

We’re so pleased to publish this debut collection in Spring 2023. Thanks to the judge, Donika Kelly, for all her hard work.


We’d also like to congratulate the finalists for their incredible manuscripts. Thank you to everyone who submitted. We’re grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to read your work, and we are wishing you success.



Girl Work by Zefyr Lisowski


The Garden Party by Megan J. Arlett

Love Sick by Elly Bookman

Wrong Feast by Brian Clifton

the swailing by Patrick Errington

What Good Is Heaven by Raye Hendrix

The Continuing by Robert Okaji

Public House by Dylan Weir

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