Thanks to everyone who submitted or who helped spread the word. We received 66 manuscripts in all. Twelve first-round readers, all accomplished writers and many of them former guest editors of qarrtsiluni, now begin reading the submitted manuscripts in order to narrow the field to a shortlist. Each chapbook, identified only by title, will be read by at least two readers. A shortlist of eleven anonymous manuscripts will then be advanced to Ken Lamberton at the end of May for his final decisions.

We are deeply grateful to our readers, who this year include Teju Cole, Dale Favier, Brent Goodman, Leslee Masten, Kristin McHenry, Tom Montag, Jean Morris, Pamela Johnson Parker, Susanna Rich, Carolee Sherwood, Peter Stephens, and Jill Crammond Wickham.