And the Winners are . . .

The 2013 Pushcart announcements went out as of today. I know of only two announcements but there are sure to be more announced via Facebook and Twitter, so send in a link once if you hear of one and I’ll do my best to post them.

Bess Winter’s story “Signs” from American Short Fiction

James Robison’s story “I See Men Like Trees, Walking” from Wigleaf

The Wigleaf story is interesting, because there have been so few stories selected from online journals in the Pushcart.

Update 4/27:

Matt Hotham sent in this link for two winners from BOA Editions

Michael Waters’s poem “Beloved,” from his collection Gospel Night, and Deborah Brown’s poem “Walking the Dog’s Shadow,” from her collection of the same name will be included in the 2013 issue.

Update 4/28:

Benjamin Percy’s story “Writs of Possession” published in Virginia Quarterly Review.

Update: 5/4:

Jeanne Shoemaker’s story “Sonny Criss” published in Iowa Review. (First published story!)

Update: 5/7:

Paul Stapleton’s story “The Fall of Punicea” published in J Journal: New Writing on Justice.

Update: 5/8:

Jennifer Percy’s essay “Azeroth” published in AGNI. (She’s Benjamin Percy’s sister. They also each won an NEA grant this year. )

New Stories from the Midwest

This list ranks the number of times publications have appeared in, and were acknowledged in the Thirty other Distinguished Stories , within the New Stories from the Midwest Anthology.

NSFM: 2010, 2011, 2012

Glimmer Train 13
Sun 9
Cincinnati Review 8
Ecotone 5
Michigan Quarterly Review 5
Narrative 5
Crab Orchard Review 4
Georgia Review 4
Hobart 4
Mid-American Review 4
New England Review 4
Nimrod 4
Ninth Letter 4
Pleiades 4
Prairie Schooner 4
Sycamore Review 4
Tin House 4
TriQuarterly 4
Fifth Wednesday Journal 4
Alaska Quarterly Review 3
American Short Fiction 3
Boulevard 3
Colorado Review 3
Florida Review 3
Hunger Mountain 3
Image 3
Ploughshares 3
Midwestern Gothic 3
AGNI 3
Natural Bridge 3
Another Chicago Magazine 2
Antioch Review 2
Gulf Coast 2
Harvard Review 2
Jabberwock Review 2
Kenyon Review 2
Mississippi Review 2
New Letters 2
New Yorker 2
North Dakota Quarterly 2
Northwest Review 2
River Styx 2
Shenandoah 2
Southern Humanities Review 2
Southern Indiana Review 2
Southern Review 2
Subtropics 2
Zoetrope 2
Annalemma 2
Five Chapters 2
Harpur Palate 2
Third Coast 2
Granta 2
Alimentum 1
Chicago Reader 1
Collagist 1
CutBank Online 1
Gettysburg Review 1
Lake Effect 1
Literary Review 1
MacGuffin 1
Meridian 1
Minnetonka Review 1
New Ohio Review 1
New South 1
Oyez Review 1
Potomac Review 1
Redivider 1
Witness 1
Yabolusha Review 1
Southwest Review 1
Autumn House Press 1
Notre Dame Review 1
Cream City Review 1
Iowa Review 1
MAKE 1
Water-Stone 1
Carolina Quarterly 1
Pearl Magazine 1

Print vs Digital Publishing in the Pushcart Prize

Over at Luna Park, Travis Kurowski’s recent post “Is Something Missing from the Pushcart Prize?” talks about the lack of online journals included in the most recent issue of the Pushcart Prize. It’s worth your time to read, and it is honestly a problem I’ve also witnessed, but have been reluctant to talk about since I was one of the nine guest fiction editors for the current Pushcart Prize. Over the course of about two months in early 2011 I read and evaluated over 800 pieces of fiction and nonfiction from almost 80 journals and small presses. It was an amazingly fun, hectic process.

After publication one big shift I noticed from the 2011 to the 2012 edition concerned major changes in the special mention section. In the 2011 edition the special mention fiction section listed over 130 stories from a diverse list of presses and journals; however, this year’s special mention fiction section only listed 37 stories. That’s a huge hit for journals and small presses and especially for emerging authors, because the special mention section is often the first place an author or press gets any attention from major award anthologies, like the Pushcart Prize. And, as Kurowski mentions, very few come from online sources. Kurowski points out:

All of the smartest and best writers I know write, publish, research, and communicate both in print and online: Benjamin Percy, David Shields, Kelly Link, Michael Robbins, Blake Butler, Laura van den Berg, Margaret Atwood … This isn’t even a point that needs to be made any longer; perhaps in 2002, but not 2012.

I wholeheartedly agree with him. The Pushcart Prize remains one of the best measurements for the current state of small press publishing, and in these horrible economic times a narrower focus on the number of stories and journals recognized in something like the special mention section is not a positive message to send out to struggling presses and journals who work tirelessly to produce the finest product they’re capable of making, regardless if that product is published in print or digital format. The Pushcart Prize needs to continue to list a large and diverse selection of stories in the special mention section; otherwise, the number of emerging writers and emerging presses who go unrecognized threaten to weaken the literary landscape of small press publishing.

BASS 2012 Contributors and Stories

A few folks have gotten a hold of the list of BASS 2012 stories and contributors. Pasted below is the list that comes from Joesph Peschel’s blog.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Ceiling,” Granta

Megan Mayhew Bergman, “Housewifely Arts,” One Story

Tom Bissell, “A Bridge Under Water,” Agni

Jennifer Egan, “Out of Body,” Tin House

Nathan Englander, “Free Fruit for Young Widows,” The New Yorker

Allegra Goodman, “La Vita Nuova,” The New Yorker

Ehud Havazelet, “Gurov in Manhattan,” TriQuarterly

Caitlin Horrocks, “The Sleep,” The Atlantic Fiction for Kindle

Bret Anthony Johnston, “Soldier of Fortune,” Glimmer Train

Claire Keegan, “Foster,” The New Yorker

Sam Lipsyte, “The Dungeon Master,” The New Yorker

Rebecca Makkai, “Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart,” Tin House

Elizabeth McCracken, “Property,” Granta

Steven Millhauser, “Phantoms,” McSweeney’s

Ricardo Nuila, “Dog Bites,” McSweeney’s

Joyce Carol Oates, “ID,” The New Yorker

Richard Powers, “To the Measures Fall,” The New Yorker

Jess Row, “The Call of Blood,” Harvard Review

George Saunders, “Escape Spiderhead,” The New Yorker

Mark Slouka, “The Hare’s Mask,” Harper’s Magazine