Past Contest Winners

The A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

Trouble the Water, Derrick Austin [selected by Mary Szybist]
Shame | Shame, Devin Becker [selected by David St. John]
Revising the Storm
, Geffrey Davis [selected by Dorianne Laux]
The Stick Soldiers
, Hugh Martin [selected by Cornelius Eady]
Litany for the City
, Ryan Teitman [selected by Jane Hirshfield]
Walking the Dog's Shadow
, Deborah Brown [selected by Tony Hoagland]
Beautiful in the Mouth
, Keetje Kuipers [selected by Thomas Lux]
Awayward, Jennifer Krovonet [selected by Jean Valentine]
The Boatloads
, Dan Albergotti [selected by Edward Hirsch]
Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone
, Janice N. Harrington [selected by Elizabeth Spires]
Falling to Earth
, Tom Hansen [selected by Molly Peacock]
The Eclipses
, David Woo [selected by Michael S. Harper]
Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey
, Crystal Bacon [selected by Stephen Dunn]
Big Back Yard
, Michael Teig [selected by Stephen Dobyns]

Derrick Austin wins 14th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

Derrick Austin is the winner of the 14th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize for his collection Trouble the Water. The collection was selected from nearly 500 manuscript submissions by National Book Award-winning poet Mary Szybist. Austin will receive a $1,500 honorarium and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in spring 2016 within the A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America series.

Of the winning collection, Mary Szybist says, “‘Expect poison of the standing water,’ Blake warned, highlighting the dangers of imaginative stagnation. I’m now tempted to believe that Blake himself has sent us Derrick Austin and his remarkable collection, Trouble the Water. At once gospel and troubadour song, these deeply spiritual and expansively erotic poems are lucid, unflinching, urgent. This is an extraordinary debut.”

Two finalists were also selected by Szybist: Binary Stars by Dana Koster and Novena by Jacques J. Rancourt.

Derrick Austin is a Cave Canem fellow and earned his MFA from the University of Michigan where he was awarded a Hopwood Award in graduate poetry. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, The Paris-American, Memorious, and other journals and anthologies. He is the Social Media Coordinator for The Offing.

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry.  The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, she teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  

The BOA Short Fiction Prize

Remarkable, Dinah Cox
Reptile House, Robin McLean
The Tao of Humiliation, Lee Upton
The Era of Not Quite, Douglas Watson

Dinah Cox wins 4th annual BOA Short Fiction Prize

Dinah Cox is winner of the fourth annual BOA Editions Short Fiction Prize for her collection Remarkable. The collection was selected from more than 200 manuscript submissions by BOA Publisher Peter Conners. Dinah Cox will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in spring 2016.

Of the collection, Peter Conners says: “‘The Telephone Museum is always empty.’ This single sentence, the first in Dinah Cox’s masterful story ‘Adolescence in B Flat,’ told me that this was a writer who demands close attention. It also speaks volumes about Cox’s debut collection as a whole. There is a knowing melancholy to her writing born when the arid remnants of Old West sensibility confront the sharp corners of sterile modernity. With precise detail and a poet’s ear for language, Cox reveals the psychological impact of straddling those two worlds as her characters grasp for compassion, last chances, and a foothold in an unknowable future.”

Two finalists were also selected: The Owl That Carries Us Away by Doug Ramspeck, and The Functions of a Story by John Vanderslice.

Dinah Cox’s stories appear and are forthcoming in such places as StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Salt Hill, Cream City Review, Copper Nickel, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quarterly West, and elsewhere, and have won prizes from The Atlantic Monthly and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She teaches in the English Department at Oklahoma State University where she is also an associate editor at Cimarron Review. She lives and works in her hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma.