Launched in 2015, the Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by black poets. Award: Winner receives $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in 2017, 10 copies of the chapbook, a residency from April 1-7, 2017 at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel in Miami and a feature reading on April 5, 2017 at the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Deadline: Manuscripts must be submitted no later than Friday, September 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner announced by email on or before December 31, 2016. Entry Fee: $12. Entry fees are non-refundable. Final Judge: Robin Coste Lewis. (Judge reserves the right not to select a winner or honorable mentions.) First Readers: Rio Cortez and P. Scott Cunningham. Manuscripts are read without the reviewers and judge’s knowledge of contestants’ identities. Eligibility: This is not a first-book award. All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by black writers are eligible. Simultaneous submission to other chapbook awards should be noted: immediate notice upon winning such an award is required. Winner agrees to be present in the continental United States at their own expense shortly after the book is published in order to participate in the O, Miami Poetry Festival in 2017. Exclusions: Current or former students, colleagues, employees, family members and close friends of the judge; current or former employees and members of the board of Cave Canem Foundation, Jai-Alai Books or O, Miami; and authors who have published a book or have a book under contract with Jai-Alai Books are ineligible. If any of the selected authors fall under the above exclusions, they will be disqualified and a replacement chosen from among the finalists. As the poetry community is small and the contest is judged without knowledge of contestants’ identities, mere acquaintance with the judge and participation in a workshop taught by the judge are not disqualifying criteria. Submission Submit manuscripts online at cavecanem.submittable.com. Hard copy submissions will not be considered.One manuscript per poet allowed.Upload manuscript as a .doc or .pdf document. Include a title page with the title only and a table of contents. Author’s name should not appear on any pages within the uploaded document. Cover letter should include author’s brief bio (200 words, maximum) and list of acknowledgments of previously published poems.Manuscript must be paginated, with a font size of 11 or 12, and 25-30 pages in length, inclusive of title page and table of contents. A poem may be multiple pages, but no more than one poem per page is permitted. Manuscripts not adhering to submission guidelines will not be considered.Post-submission revisions or corrections are not permitted.