Congratulations to the 2020 Brighthorse Prize Winners

The Brighthorse Prize in Poetry

Winner: Lee Thomas for Honey in the Dark 

Finalists: John Krumberger’s Days of Bees and Indigo, Maria Elena Mahler’s Down the Orinoco, and Gail DiMaggio’s Ironwork

The Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction

Winner: Catherine Tudish for A Thousand Souls

Finalists: Matthew Pitt’s Be Everything! and More, Margaret Hermes’ Daughters of Eve, and Dennis McFadden’s The Signal Tower: A Mystery in Stories

The Brighthorse Prize in the Novel

Winner: Stefan Kiesbye for No Sound to Break, No Moment Clear

Finalists: Shilpi Suneja’s A House of Caravans, Amelia Brown’s Then, A Starling, and Ian Singleton’s Zinaida

The winners receive $1,000 each and publication by Brighthorse Books. For information about the 2021 contest and to submit, go to