We're delighted to announce the winner, runner-up, and finalists for the 2020 Lightscatter Press Prize:
WINNER: Bewildered by All This Broken Sky, Anna Scotti (Burbank, California)
RUNNER UP: The Day Gives Us so Many Ways to Eat, Lindsay Wilson (Reno, Nevada)
FINALISTS (in alphabetical order):
Curriculum, Meghan Dunn (Brooklyn, New York)
No Money for Boots, Ellen Kombiyil (Bronx, New York)
Field Guide to the Human Condition, Adrian Potter (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
Anna Scotti has been the recipient of the Pocataligo Prize for Poetry, the Mark Fischer Prize for Poetry, and other honors and awards. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker since 2016, and can be found in recent issues of Nimrod, Sequestrum, New Guard, and other journals. Anna also writes fiction, with short stories featured regularly in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and she is the author of the young adult novel Big and Bad (Texas Review Press, 2020). In real life, Anna teaches at a French international school in Southern California.
Competition judge Katharine Coles, author most recently of Wayward, Flight, and Look Both Ways, said this about Bewildered by All This Broken Sky: “I grinned all the way through Bewildered by All This Broken Sky, except when I was weeping, but sometimes even while I wept. Suffused with doubt and faith, with memory and its mysteries, these poems are wry and snappy, equal parts sorrow and bliss, deeply self aware, ‘full of all the secrets’ like a father’s papers read through after his death; they are amused with themselves and their linguistic inventions even in their grief. They will overtake you with their momentum and most of all with their own surprise at being alive. If poems can be surprised, or alive--as these poems show again and again they can.”
Look for Bewildered by All This Broken Sky in April 2021.