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 Betsy – South Beach.
The deadline for 2018 has passed. The 2019 prize will open in August 2019.
Selected by Dawn Lundy Martin, Mia S. Willis is the 2018 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for their manuscript monster house., which will be published by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2019. Mia will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, a week-long residency at The Writers Room at The Betsy – South Beach and 10 complimentary copies of the chapbook.
Mia S. Willis is a 23-year-old African American artist and adventurer from Charlotte, North Carolina. Mia is a recipient of the 2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize for their poem “hecatomb,” which was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their work appears or is forthcoming in WORDPEACE, Peculiar: a Queer Poetry Journal, Foothill: a Journal of Poetry, Button Poetry and Slamfind. In 2018, Mia ranked fourth out of 96 femme poets at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, placed fifth out of 150 poets at the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam, and won the Capturing Fire Slam. They were also a member of Tender Bitch, the winning poetry performance team at the 2018 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam Tournament.
Honorable Mention: Joshua Burton for Fracture Anthology
Funders: O, Miami; Jai-Alai Books; The Betsy – South Beach