Rebecca Rothfeld · Dartmouth College
One day you were no longer you. You’d swallowed yourself in the deep of your sleep and escaped through a door in the side of your gut.
Colorado College · · Honorable Mention in Poetry
Everything other than the present is terrifying.
Courtney Bush · New York University
is the way my grandfather thinks about jesus believes until it’s just called knowing like science or directions
Jordan Peterson · Simmons College
For three days, the city has been on fire.
Olivia Weissblum · Pomona College
On the day the sky wept blood over Texas we stood together a little apart
Laura Creste · Bennington College
An hour west toward the beginning of Long Island we drive to a party in Hicksville. We pass a series of one-story houses. Airplanes, coming or going, chase the birds from the sky.
Kate Garnett · University of Houston
I. She is Becoming something nocturnal. Watch as she teethes on moondark. She is going, gone.
Wyatt McMurry · Eckerd College · Poetry Prize Winner
His nails weren’t coral but candy cane red cadillac and dark—satin lining of my mother’s purse, brains of a crushed watermelon or even the latex guts splashed over the rocks in Tremors after Kevin Bacon tricks the worm monster into falling off a cliff.