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Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry Winner

Congratulations to Mark Wagenaar, whose poem, “Echolocation” has won the 2019-2020 Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry.  This year’s judge was Toi Derricotte, author of I: New & Selected PoemsThe Undertaker’s Daughter, and Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. She was the 2020 recipient of the Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.

See the list of finalists as well as what Judge Toi Derricotte said about the winning entry here.


Bayou Magazine is thrilled to announce that The Accidentals by Minrose Gwin has won the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Award for fiction. Gwin judged Bayou’s 2019-2020 fiction contest.