The Pushcart Prize is one of the most coveted honors in literary publishing. Each year, Pushcart invites editors at small presses and literary magazines to submit up to six nominations — stories published within current year — to the annual contest. Bill Henderson and his team of Pushcart editors sift through hundreds of entries and select the best of the best. Winning stories are published in an annual Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses collection; the 2015 edition will include this year’s winners.
A Pushcart nomination is an admirable feat for an emerging or established writer. Why, you ask? Limited to six nominations from an entire year’s worth of publishing, editors, like me, are likely to find scouring pages for the cream of the crop a challenge — how to narrow down the best pieces submitted to a publication to just a half-dozen?! At least that’s how I feel at Hippocampus. Picking the favorite of favorites! Like I said: an admirable accomplishment!
We publish about 80-100 pieces of creative nonfiction per year. After careful thought and a lot of back and forth, I selected these six stories from 2013 as this year’s Pushcart Nominees: (You can read the stories and learn more about the authors by clicking on the name of the story.)
- Demanding This, Jessica Bryant Klagmann – February 2013
- Vanishing: The Anxiety of Geography & Genetics by Leslie Tucker – October 2013
- Wash Me Clean by Cathy A. E. Bell – October 2013
- Burn by Cheryl Diane Kidder – October 2013
- Wet, Dead Leaves by Shannon Fandler – November 2013
- Laughing in Navajo: My Journey to the Rez by Dorothy Brooks – November 2013
Congratulations Jessica, Leslie, Cathy, Cheryl, Shannon and Dorothy; you should be proud! Best of luck to you.
-Donna Talarico, Founder and Publisher