Winners of the 2020 Autumn House Full-Length Contests Announced!

Autumn House is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests

September 23, 2020


speculation, n. by Shayla Lawz, selected by Ilya Kaminsky, poetry

Molly by Kevin Honold, selected by Dan Chaon, fiction

All Who Belong May Enter by Nicholas Ward, selected by Jaquira Díaz, nonfiction

We’re so honored to be publishing manuscripts by these talented authors! Their books will be released in Fall 2021. 



We’d also like to congratulate the following finalists for their wonderful manuscripts and offer a big thank you to everyone who submitted this year! 


  • The Birthday of the Dead by Rachel Abramowitz
  • Becoming Ribbons by Amber Adams
  • Field Guide to Living with Yourself by Shuang Ang
  • A Gray Realm the Ocean by Jennifer Atkinson
  • Propagation of Light by Jennifer Barber
  • Only Light Where the Leaves Once Were by Stephanie Berger, the runner-up 
  • Bad Prayer by Katie Berta
  • Dark Picnic by Eric Burger
  • Beast-Headed by Brian Clifton
  • The Terms of Your Tenancy Are Changed by John Cross
  • Peacetime is Already Dreaming by Nancy Eimers
  • Yes Rushes to Meet the Wound by James Ellenberger
  • Careful by Katie Fuller
  • Swan Hammer: an Instructor’s Guide to Mirrors by Maggie Graber
  • Greenwood by Clemonce Heard
  • Dear Specimen by W.J. Herbert
  • Water Boundaries by Ethan Heusser
  • The Archive is All in Present Tense by Elizabeth Hoover
  • Mother/land by Ananda Lima *
  • Present Tense Complex by Suphil Park
  • Thine by Kate Partridge
  • Other Empty Rooms by Trenton Pollard
  • Boats in the Attic by Alison Powell
  • Old Stones, New Roads by Suzanne Rancourt
  • Creaturely by A. Pence
  • California Silence by Stella Santamaria
  • Museum of the Soon Departed by Andrea Young
  • Render Engine by Jessica Yuan
  • We Always Carry Our Bones by Felicia Zamora *


  • Please Don’t Feed the Philosophers: Stories by Andrew Gretes
  • Choose This Now by Nicole Haroutunian
  • The Ghosts in the Glen by Kerry Jones
  • Pegasus, Andromeda, Perseus by Shelby Kinney-Lang
  • Childish Things by Evan Lavender-Smith
  • Smaller Lives by Whitney Lawson
  • Mad Prairie by Kate McIntyre *
  • Truly Great People by Jan Pendleton
  • Most Likely to Be Remembered: Stories by Midge Raymond
  • How do you like these bad days? by Maggie Smith
  • How to Be Gay At The End Of The World by Jason Villemez


  • Freak Lip: An Epistolary by Julia Cohen
  • Where I Started to Roam by Katie Daley
  • We Built Boats by Kate Gale
  • Poker Tables, Coors, and Bunuelos, and Other Essays by Kase Johnstun
  • The Itch and the Touch by Evan Lavender-Smith
  • ‘Til I Am by Jen Maidenberg
  • Wyoming from the Algonquian by Robert Stothart


* indicates a manuscript that was withdrawn before the judge’s final selection was made

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