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Steel Toe Books is excited to announce our Steel Toe Books Chapbook Award Winner. The title  will receive publication in Fall 2023. Congratulations to our shortlist and longlist writers, and thank you to all of the writers that submitted to the prize. The 2023 Steel Toe Books Chapbook Awards will open May 1, 2023, and close December 31, 2023. The award will be announced at the end of January 2024.


The Honeycomb by Nancy Botkin

About The Honeycomb:

“Magic the real” writes Nancy Botkin in The Honeycomb. These poems explore the necessity of art and the imagination, the ability to see that even the darkest places can resonate with beauty when the eye is trained to see it. Memory, that constant companion, also resonates; its fuzzy and fickle nature can be buoyed by artistry. As she combs the past, she discovers that a rich inner life is a powerful defense against a random and precarious existence. She delivers this message with clear language, subjecting the ordinary events of life to pressure, making them new, bright.

About the author:

Nancy Botkin is the author of The Next Infinity (Broadstone Books, 2019).  She is the judge of the annual chapbook contest sponsored by Wolfson Press at Indiana University South Bend where she taught writing for many years. Now retired, she writes, makes collage art, and refinishes furniture in South Bend.


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