Our Pushcart Nominations for 2021 and Why
THE REASON FOR OUR CHOICES
THE GOAL with Pushcart nominations isn’t the nominations themselves– though they’re important in giving plaudits to many of those generous enough to let us publish their work– but to have a nomination selected for publication in the collection. Toward that end, every year we’ve been sending the work of our nominees in an increasingly eye-catching, colorful presentation. (Consistent with our aesthetic.) This includes envelope, cover letter, and tear sheets of the works themselves. “Is it possible to stand out among hundreds, maybe thousands of mailings?” is the question.
IN the materials Pushcart Press sends publishers, they make it clear they prefer nominations from actual print publications. This is in keeping with their name. Though we ran an excellent array of stories, poems, and non-fiction at our site, from some of the best writers in the literary realm, we’ve decided this year to choose our nominations strictly from our two 2021 print publications. “Zeens”– which in their ethos and reality embody everything Bill Henderson sought to honor when he began his annual anthology. Zeens– in-house produced; hand made– define an upstart press.
The selections we’ve made from the two issues are outstanding. Attention-getting themselves?
HERE ARE OUR CHOICES:
From Literary Fan Magazine #1, published March 2021:
-“How I Survived 2020,” non-fiction by Chrissi Sepe.
-“On Translation,” non-fiction by Andrea Gregovich.
From Extreme Zeen #2, published June 2021:
-“Black Hole,” poetry by Rose Knapp.
-“Tom Preisler 4,” poetry by Tom Preisler.
-“Fuel Injection,” poetry by Tom Will.
-“You Are You,” fiction by Jo Bloomfield.
Many thanks to all the writers online and off who allowed us to feature their work!