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Featured Anthologies The Pushcart Prize anthologies

The Best of the Small Presses 

About the Pushcart Prize series . . .
The Pushcart Prize was named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly.  Read the year's best short stories, poems, and essays originally published by small presses and literary magazines.

“These authors are not only our finest storytellers, poets and essayists, they are also the guardians of our language ... this book is essential.” — Library Journal

 

  "[Henderson] has made it his mission over the last thirty-odd years to defy the dumbing down of literature and the culture at large."—Kirkus Reviews

This edition of the long-honored anthology of small-press fiction, essays, and poetry marks its third decade, an amazing feat of survival and excellence.

Like previous editions, The Pushcart Prize XXX presents over sixty selections picked from hundreds of little magazines and presses with the help of over 200 distinguished contributing editors. In the Pushcart tradition, this fascinating collection combines the work of today's luminaries with a host of new talents, creating an exciting assembly of diverse voices.

Since 1976, The Pushcart Prize has been "the single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today," according to the New York Times Book Review. Many of today's celebrated writers received their first recognition in The Pushcart Prize, which over the years has tracked small-press enthusiasms from traditional to experimental in an unsurpassed eclectic gathering.
   
 
Charles Simic
I am always pleased and astonished by The Pushcart Prize.

Billy Collins
America's best fiction, poetry, and essays for over twenty-five years.

Wally Lamb
I am fiercely loyal to and grateful for these editions.

Donna Seaman, Booklist
A vibrant exhibition of adventurous yet meticulously crafted writing.

Book Description
"When the future wants to know about our arts and letters, this is the publication it will turn to."—Sherod Santos

Now approaching its third decade, The Pushcart Prize is one of the grand institutions of the American literary scene, but it never fails to surprise, delight, and provoke readers. The short stories, essays, and poems are selected from literary magazines and small presses across the country, and represent the most exciting and innovative writing in America today. Over two hundred distinguished contributing editors helped pick more than sixty selections reprinted from scores of presses in Pushcart Prize XXIX. An index to the series and lists of hundreds of outstanding presses and authors are also included.

The most honored literary series in America, The Pushcart Prize has been selected several times as a notable book of the year by the New York Times. Pushcart Press and The Pushcart Prize were named among "the most influential in the development of the American book business over the past 125 years" by Publishers Weekly.

 
   
 

The Pushcart Prize XXVII continues as a testament to the flourishing of American literature in our small presses. Edited with the assistance of over 200 distinguished contributing editors—including Philip Levine, Rick Bass, Rosellen Brown, Joyce Carol Oates, Billy Collins, and Stephen Dunn—this edition includes over sixty stories, essays, and poems from scores of little magazines and small presses, both print and online.

As the consolidation of commercial publishers continues, the small presses capture and encourage what is truly lasting and important in our literary culture. For new writers, the small presses are where they will almost always get their start. The Pushcart Prize serves as their inspiration and source book, with listings of hundreds of presses. Among writers discovered in the Pushcart editions are John Irving, Mary Gordon, Rick Moody, and many more.

 
   

 

Read more about the Pushcart prize:  www.pushcartprize.com