Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize
Launched in 2015, the annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by black poets, and is presented in collaboration with the O, Miami Poetry Festival and The Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center.
The deadline for 2017 has passed. The 2018 prize will open in July 2018.
Selected by judge Major Jackson, Layla Benitez-James is the 2017 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for her manuscript God Suspected My Heart Was a Geode But He Had to Make Sure, which will be published by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2018. Layla receives $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, a week-long residency at The Writers Room at The Betsy Hotel and 10 complimentary copies of the chapbook.
Layla Benitez-James is an artist and translator living in Alicante, Spain. Her work has appeared in the Acentos Review, Anomaly, Guernica, Waxwing and elsewhere. Audio essays about translation by Layla can be found at Asymptote Journal Podcast. Layla currently works with the Unamuno Author Series in Madrid as its Director of Literary Outreach.
Honorable Mentions: Casey Rocheteau for Gorgoneion and Lynne Thompson for A Construction of Bindings.
Funders: O, Miami; Jai-Alai Books; The Betsy Southbeach; and The Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center.