Twitter is a live wire of journals and folks announcing Pushcart wins. Congrats to all the winners.
It’s been two years since the last issue of New Stories from the South launched. I’ve not been able to find any official word that the series was cancelled or if it went on hiatus. After twenty-five years it’s a sad thing to see simply fade away.
Once again, Cliff Garstang has complied a wonderful list, ranking the 2013 Pushcart prize.
I received a full list of winners in the mail today and scanned it (poorly). You can find it linked below.
Pushcart Prize 2013 winners.
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.
Matt Hotham sent in this link for two winners from BOA Editions
Benjamin Percy’s story “Writs of Possession” published in Virginia Quarterly Review.
Jeanne Shoemaker’s story “Sonny Criss” published in Iowa Review. (First published story!)
Paul Stapleton’s story “The Fall of Punicea” published in J Journal: New Writing on Justice.
A recent letter from the MLA president regarding the abysmal state of adjunct contingent faculty is worth your time to read.
The Best American Series web page has entered the digital age, and a full list of presses and journals included in each anthology can now easily be found on the publisher’s website, which makes my job of updating their ranking pages a lot easier.
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
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.
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