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I received many wonderful manuscripts for the first (and hopefully annual) No Chair Press Chapbook Contest. I am very pleased to announce my two choices for publication.
First place ($300 and publication) goes to Elise Hempel for her manuscript “Girl in the Clock.”
Elise Hempel grew up in suburban Chicago and has worked as an editor, proofreader, copywriter and university English instructor. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry, Measure, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Evansville Review, Southern Poetry Review, and The Midwest Quarterly, as well as in Poetry Daily and Ted Kooser's weekly column, American Life in Poetry. She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Write Prize in Poetry and the 2016 String Poet Prize and has been a finalist or semi-finalist for several book awards. Her first chapbook, Only Child, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014, and in 2016 Able Muse Press published her first full-length collection of poems, Second Rain. She lives in central Illinois.
Second place ($100 and publication) goes to Jenny Benjamin for her manuscript “Midway.”
Jenny Benjamin is the owner of her freelance writing business JB Communications, LLC. Over thirty of her poems have appeared in journals, including DIAGRAM, South Carolina Review, Fulcrum, Baltimore Review, Chelsea, and Crab Orchard Review. Her first novel, This Most Amazing, was published in 2013 by Armida Books in Nicosia, Cyprus. Her poetry chapbook, More Than a Box of Crayons, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her three daughters and dog.
Please join me in congratulating these poets. Both chapbooks are scheduled for publication in April 2018.
No Chair Press’s next open reading period (not a contest) will be in April 2018. Submission guidelines for that open reading period will be posted on nochairpress.com by February 2018.
Allison Joseph, Publisher and Founder
NO CHAIR PRESS