Monday, January 26, 2015

Eleven UNO Students and Alumni Nominated for Pushcart Prizes

Eleven UNO Students and Alumni Nominated for Pushcart Prizes Eleven students and recent alumni of the University of New Orleans Writing Workshop are contenders for the Pushcart Prize,widely considered the most prestigious prizes awarded to fiction, poetry and non fiction pieces published in literary journals across the U.S."

Eleven students and recent alumni of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop are now vying for the Pushcart Prize, an elite honor that recognizes the best stories, poetry and literary writing published in literary magazines each year.

"This year, the UNO Creative Writing Workshop had an astounding number of students and recent alums nominated for Pushcart Prizes, meaning that not only are our students publishing at a high rate, but they are publishing what editors consider to be some of the strongest pieces in their magazines," said M.O. Walsh, director.

The Pushcart Prizes are widely considered the most prestigious prizes awarded to fiction, poetry and non fiction pieces published in literary journals across the US. Nominees are selected by the editors of the literary journals. The Pushcart Prize was established in 1976 by a group of leading writers and founding editors that include big names in literature ranging from Anaïs Nin to Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Engle, and Ralph Ellison. Early recognition in Pushcart Prize anthologies helped to launch careers for the likes of Raymond Carver, Junot Diaz, Andre Dubus, Joyce Carol Oates, and Ana Menéndez.

The prize aims to honor the best “stories, poetry and literary whatnot” published by small presses in the previous year, according to the organization's website. Winners receive the honor, as well as publication in “The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses” series, an annual collection that includes the year’s best literary writing by small presses, as well as an index of past selections and lists of outstanding presses and their contact information.

The CWW students and alums (and their pieces and magazines) who were nominated for Pushcarts in 2014 are:

Heather Fowler: Blood, Hunger, Child” Queen's Ferry Press and"Sonnet of Inestimable Wealth" Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal

Caroline Goetze: "The Night Baker" Quaint

Clare Harmon: "Containment Narrative" and "For the Hungry Soul Every Bitter Thing is Sweet" Quaint

Soleil Ho: "Race Recorder" The Atlas Review

Eric Hollerbach: "Dulce" Literati

Kailyn McCord: "The Leaving" Phantom Drift

Colleen Muir:  "Bone in the Throat" Cream City Review

Matt Peters: "Hunters and Gatherers" Lucid Moose

Maurice Ruffin: "Heathen" Knicknackery

Summer Wood: "Boomerang" Indiana Review

Che Yeun: "The Queen" New South

“The CWW attributes this success to our incredibly talented students and the total investment of our faculty in their writing careers,” Walsh said. “As a program, we encourage our students to submit their work and try to publish their best stuff. It's an often grueling process, filled with lots of rejection, but this enormous achievement by our students shows us that it's paying off.  Fingers crossed that some of these students win these awards they are so deservingly nominated for.”

Walsh, whose debut novel My Sunshine Away hits bookshelves Feb. 10 and is expected to be one of the best books of 2015, said that he is "honored to be among them."

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