Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize
Established in 2015 to celebrate Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary, 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 the 2016 prize has passed. The 2017 prize will open in July.
Selected by judge Robin Coste Lewis, Nick Makoha is the 2016 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his manuscript Resurrection Man, to be published by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2017. Nick will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2017, a week-long residency at The Writers Room at The Betsy Hotel and 10 complimentary copies of the chapbook. He will give a feature reading at the 2017 O, Miami Poetry Festival on April 5, 2017.
A Cave Canem fellow, Nick Makoha is the author of Kingdom of Gravity, winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, forthcoming from Peepal Tree Press. His work has appeared in The Poetry Review, Rialto, Triquarterly Review, the Boston Review and elsewhere. His one-man show My Father & Other Superheroes debuted to sold-out audiences at the 2013 London Literature Festival and is currently on tour. Find him at nickmakoha.com.
Honorable Mentions: Barry D. Amis for Mere Being and Keith S. Wilson for Opposing Stars
Funders: O, Miami; Jai-Alai Books; The Betsy Southbeach; and The Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center.