2020 Winners  List

New and Featured Titles


Lovers in the Free Fall

"A rich and diverse array of poems, stories, and songs, fully realized and embodied, both local and far flung, meant to be heard, enjoyed and carried into the reader's own life and times. In her sixth collection of poetry, "the Jazz Poet of Lynn" offers the reader a wide range of forms and shapes: sestinas, haikus, free verse, blues and ballads, myths and memory. They carry the narrative thread through the rhythm and pulse of beginnings, change, and continuance. Both local and far-flung, these poems are meant to be heard, enjoyed, and carried into the reader's own life"—Google Books

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“The language in the collection is poetic in its imagery…. Emmons is askilled storyteller when it comes to psychological drama in seemingly ordinary lives. With an ominous air and well-crafted prose, Emmons’ stories are both immersive and challenging.”


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“In breathtaking free-verse, Laskin explores the heart of this uneducated, desperate man-child as he struggles with . . . betrayal and rage. . . . Goes beyond the [Rohingya] headlines to create a stunningly poignant tale of grief, struggle, and emotional redemption.”—Suzanne Weyn, author of The Bar Code Tattoo

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A gem of a novel . . . that engages the reader's brain, heart, and soul and establishes Katayoun Medhat as a rising star of the mystery genre. It's only a matter of time before her wonderful Franz Kafka/Robbie Begay novels find the national audience they so richly deserve."—C. Joseph Greaves, author of Church of the Graveyard Saints

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“In a world where such poets are more rare than people might imagine, John Smelcer is one of the truly great poets I have come across in my life. His poetry is genius.”—Ruth Stone, National Book Award winner."

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"The poems in Memento Mori are suffused with grief and tenderness." — Richard Hoffman, author of Noon until Night



Historian and novelist Slotkin (The Long Road to Antietam, 2012, etc.) writes more personally in these linked semifictional stories based on his ancestors’ immigration from Eastern Europe early in the 20th century.—Kirkus Reviews

Report From A Place

“Utterly original…the work of a master. In language that is exquisite but also precise, Looney unspools a host of secrets.… [T]hat rare, wonderful sort of fiction that casts a spell.” —Laura Kasischke, National Book Critics Circle Award winner


Trip Wires

"Deeply moving, and often grim and uncomfortable in their confrontations of unimaginable tragedies, each story evokes a bold, emotional response.”
—Foreword Reviews


Kiska is the heart-wrenching story of a fourteen-year-old girl living on the Aleutian Islands of Alaska at the beginning of World War II. Her ordinary, happy life in a small hunting village quickly changes when, after Japan invades neighboring islands, she and the rest of the islands’ inhabitants are rounded up by United States soldiers and sent to internment camps."

The Quality of Mercy

“Tony Hillerman fans will welcome Medhat’s excellent debut and series launch… . [U]ses pathos and humor, tragedy and comedy, to spin an entertaining and original mystery.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Subway Stops at Bryant Park

[S]tories that deftly slip into the lives of everyday New Yorkers . . . gorgeously nuanced. . . . Moss’ ability to probe the rich, complicated depths of those the city views as ordinary—its doormen, library workers, waitresses, and bench-sitters—and capture the profound currents of emotion found in the everyday animates this collection and makes it uniquely illuminating. Definitely worth reading.

The Solace of Monsters

Mara's dogged curiosity and integrity give the novel an appealing energy. Blauner often reaches for a quirky expression of detail that sometimes creates a charming image, but when her writing is at its clearest and simplest, Mara's wonder at her journey and the people she meets springs off the page and welcomes the reader into her world.

Washington State Book Awards finalist

Stony River

“A taut, compelling portrait of a small town’s underbelly. With sinister imagery and crisp, evocative prose, Dower pulls back the cloak of 1950s ‘innocence’ to expose the ugly secrets that lie in wait, teeth grown sharp in the dark.”
—Billie Livingston,
The Crooked Heart of Mercy and One Good Hustle

“Think Mad Men but even madder.”
Toronto Star

The Gospel of Simon

As this book shows, there are many similarities between Christianity and Buddhism, such as the practices of compassion, love, contemplation, and tolerance.”
—The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

“In a world where the media relentlessly inflames fear and hatred, here is a quiet voice espousing the triumph of love and peace.”
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureat

News from Leapfrog Press


The Leapfrog Press Global Fiction Prize 2021
in partnership with
Can of Worms Press

Will be open for submissions from
Friday 15th January to Monday 3rd May.

This year, Leapfrog Press in partnership with Can of Worms Press, will be running competitions with awards in both Adult Fiction and YA/MG Fiction.

The winning entries in each category will receive a publishing contract, and be published in the
United States and United Kingdom
simultaneously in 2022.

Rules of the competitions can be found on the Fiction Contest page.

To see who was on
winners' list for our 2020 contest click here!
The first place winner was:

Wife with Knife
 (stories) by Molly Giles


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Lara Tupper
March 2021

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