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Edited with the assistance of over 200 distinguished Contributing Editors, including Poetry Editors Kim Addonizio and David Bottoms, Pushcart Prize XL celebrates 65 stories, essays and poems from dozens of little magazines and small presses. This 40th Anniversary Edition continues as a testament to the flourishing of American literature in our independent presses. As revie Edited with the assistance of over 200 distinguished Contributing Editors, including Poetry Editors Kim Addonizio and David Bottoms, Pushcart Prize XL celebrates 65 stories, essays and poems from dozens of little magazines and small presses. This 40th Anniversary Edition continues as a testament to the flourishing of American literature in our independent presses. As reviews of last year’s collection have indicated each edition of The Pushcart Prize has increased from strength to strength: Library Journal in a starred review commented, “A continuation of the series’ noble and classic tradition.” Donna Seaman noted in Booklist, “One of the zestiest and most impressive installments in Pushcart’s proud reign as the most bountiful and exciting of literary harvests.” From previous reviews: “The Pushcart Prize has become a literary institution…perhaps the single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today.” - New York Times Book Review


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Edited with the assistance of over 200 distinguished Contributing Editors, including Poetry Editors Kim Addonizio and David Bottoms, Pushcart Prize XL celebrates 65 stories, essays and poems from dozens of little magazines and small presses. This 40th Anniversary Edition continues as a testament to the flourishing of American literature in our independent presses. As revie Edited with the assistance of over 200 distinguished Contributing Editors, including Poetry Editors Kim Addonizio and David Bottoms, Pushcart Prize XL celebrates 65 stories, essays and poems from dozens of little magazines and small presses. This 40th Anniversary Edition continues as a testament to the flourishing of American literature in our independent presses. As reviews of last year’s collection have indicated each edition of The Pushcart Prize has increased from strength to strength: Library Journal in a starred review commented, “A continuation of the series’ noble and classic tradition.” Donna Seaman noted in Booklist, “One of the zestiest and most impressive installments in Pushcart’s proud reign as the most bountiful and exciting of literary harvests.” From previous reviews: “The Pushcart Prize has become a literary institution…perhaps the single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today.” - New York Times Book Review

30 review for The Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses 2016 Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris Castle

    As a collection of the "best of the small presses," of course it's full of wonderful writing. Powerful pieces, but dark. Reading this has left me in some kind of mood, so perhaps it would be best to take this by reading a few pieces at a time instead of cover-to-cover. As a collection of the "best of the small presses," of course it's full of wonderful writing. Powerful pieces, but dark. Reading this has left me in some kind of mood, so perhaps it would be best to take this by reading a few pieces at a time instead of cover-to-cover.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    My two favorites this year were essays: Food and Worker Safety Across the Globe: A Nervous and Incomplete Case Study (I will be hunting down some more Wendy Rawlings) and Constance Bailey in the Year of Monica Lewinsky (by Sarah Vallance). I also loved the two essays on evangelical Christianity: Jesus Raves (by Jordan Kisner) and Hell (by Meghan O'Gieblyn). Other standouts: *Father Junipero Admonishes a Bird, by Poe Ballantine *The Knowledge Gallery, by Joanna Scott *The Childhood of the Reader, by My two favorites this year were essays: Food and Worker Safety Across the Globe: A Nervous and Incomplete Case Study (I will be hunting down some more Wendy Rawlings) and Constance Bailey in the Year of Monica Lewinsky (by Sarah Vallance). I also loved the two essays on evangelical Christianity: Jesus Raves (by Jordan Kisner) and Hell (by Meghan O'Gieblyn). Other standouts: *Father Junipero Admonishes a Bird, by Poe Ballantine *The Knowledge Gallery, by Joanna Scott *The Childhood of the Reader, by Joyce Carol Oates *Bury Me, by Allegra Hyde *The very inventive Hollywood and Toadvine, by Christian Kiefer *What Happened to Us?, by Dan Chaon, the King of Dread And finally (and unexpectedly), two poems: Every Machine Has Its Parts by Bob Hicok and Migration Instinct by Keetje Kuipers. I want more people to read this series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    derek allard

    This is the anthology I look forward to the most every year. Once again this year did not disappoint. Yes, there are a number of stories / essays / poems that are far too stuffy for my liking but wedged among them are some absolute gems. My favorite this year, Fear Itself by Katie Coyle. Marked a "WOW!" next to it in the table of contents. This is the anthology I look forward to the most every year. Once again this year did not disappoint. Yes, there are a number of stories / essays / poems that are far too stuffy for my liking but wedged among them are some absolute gems. My favorite this year, Fear Itself by Katie Coyle. Marked a "WOW!" next to it in the table of contents.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen Carlson

    Pushcart never dissapoints. Comments on each story/poem blogged at A Just Recompense Pushcart never dissapoints. Comments on each story/poem blogged at A Just Recompense

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Much of it is ploddingly competent. Few valleys, but fewer peaks.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Seguin

  7. 4 out of 5

    James

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leeann Felicetta

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  11. 5 out of 5

    Blue

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eugenia

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nelli

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Chestatee Review

  15. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  16. 4 out of 5

    Psycroptic

  17. 5 out of 5

    Craig Lang

  18. 4 out of 5

    Trina Burgermeister

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

  20. 4 out of 5

    julianne bond

  21. 5 out of 5

    david h dorfman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Goggins

  23. 5 out of 5

    Forensic13

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

  25. 5 out of 5

    Regan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason Robinson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Devon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Rosart

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