Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Residencies

With Cave Canem, O, Miami Poetry Festival, and Jai-Alai Books

Cave Canem Foundation, North America’s premier home for Black poetry, is pleased to announce the launch of the Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, developed in collaboration with the O, Miami Poetry Festival, Jai-Alai Books and The Writer’s Room at The Betsy-South Beach. Established to celebrate Cave Canem’s upcoming 20th anniversary year, the prize seeks to publish an outstanding chapbook manuscript by a black poet, regardless of the poet’s publication history or career status. Ross Gay will judge. The winning poet will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books, 10 copies of the chapbook, a one-week residency at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy-South Beach,and a feature reading at the O, Miami Poetry Festival in April 2016.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 30, 2015. For competition guidelines, go to