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2020 Contest Winners

Below are the winners and finalists of the 2020 contests, which closed January 15, 2020.

John Ciardi Prize for Poetry

We are pleased now to announce the winning manuscript, Flowers as Mind Control by Laura Minor of Jacksonville, Florida. The final judge was John Hodgen.

BkMk Press congratulates the finalists: 

Paul David Adkins

Regina DiPerna

Sonia Greenfield

Peter Krumbach

David Moolten

Virginia Sutton

Cheryl Clark Vermeulen

Michele Wolf

Cecilia Woloch

Laura Minor will receive a $1,000 prize plus book publication by BkMk Press in 2021. Laura Minor won the 2019 International Literary Awards, Rita Dove Poetry Award and was a finalist for the 2019 National Poetry Series. Her poems have recently appeared in The Missouri Review, Arc Magazine Canada, and Quiddity. New poems are forthcoming in North American Review, Barnhouse Journal, South Carolina Review, and the 2020 New Rivers Press anthology, Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Prose.

G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction

We are pleased now to announce the winning manuscript, This Is Not My Country by Amin Ahmad of Durham, North Carolina. The final judge was Stephanie Powell Watts.

BkMk Press congratulates the finalists: 

Carrie Grinstead

David Hopes

Wayne Karlin

Buku Sarkar

Amin Ahmad will receive a $1,000 prize plus book publication by BkMk Press in 2021. Amin Ahmad grew up in India, came to America as a teenager, and worked as a banker and an architect before giving up on the American dream, and becoming a full-time writer. After living in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Washington DC, he now resides in Durham, NC. His work has appeared in Missouri Review, Harvard Review, Slice, and elsewhere. He currently teaches at Duke University.