OUR GOAL at New Pop Lit is to do things correctly in the microcosm before we start on the macrocosm. This means, finding exciting work from new writers which approximates the kind of literature we’d like to someday distribute throughout the world on a massive scale.
These thoughts were present in choosing our 2019 nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Conciseness and intelligence combined with condensed energy.
Along with other considerations. (Such as low ink levels in our printer!) Having to send in hard copies of nominated work, our tendency was toward brevity. Fewer pages.
AS every year, there was more good work to choose from than could be chosen. Selections to some extent are arbitrary. One criteria this year was that each of the three stories chosen, and each of the three poems, fit our model– be excellent– yet at the same time be different from the others. Unique. The three poetry selections are very different from one another. As are the three stories also very different from one another.
“That’ll Do, Pig” by James D. Casey IV
published March 8, 2019
“Head Honcho” by Kai Warmoth
published March 15, 2019
“Sailor Song” by Jess Mize
published April 12, 2019
“The Uncertainty” by Alexander Blum
published June 27, 2019
“Spoiler Alert” by Angelo Lorenzo
published July 24, 2019
“The Prop Comic” by Bud E. Ice
published September 30, 2019
MUCH THANKS to all the writers who allowed us to publish their work in 2019!