In addition to Clayton Michaels’ first-place manuscript, there were also two runners-up: itching, itching by Teresa Gilman, and Alchemy and Atrophy by Tim Lockridge. Ken Lamberton said he found the overall quality of the eleven finalists “amazing.” Read the official announcement at qarrtsiluni for the full details.

It’s also worth noting that, for the second year in a row, the winning manuscript was by someone who has not previously published a collection of poems.