Pushcart Prize

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The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize by Pushcart Press that honors the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot"[1] published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to nominate[2] up to six works they have featured. Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976.

The founding editors are Anaïs Nin, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Newman, Daniel Halpern, Gordon Lish, Harry Smith, Hugh Fox, Ishmael Reed, Joyce Carol Oates, Len Fulton, Leonard Randolph, Leslie Fiedler, Nona Balakian, Paul Bowles, Paul Engle, Ralph Ellison, Reynolds Price, Rhoda Schwartz, Richard Morris, Ted Wilentz, Tom Montag, Bill Henderson[3] and William Phillips.[4]

Among the writers who received early recognition in Pushcart Prize anthologies were: Kathy Acker, Steven Barthelme, Rick Bass, Charles Baxter, Bruce Boston, Raymond Carver, Joshua Clover, Junot Diaz, Andre Dubus, William H. Gass, Seán Mac Falls, William Monahan, Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Lance Olsen,[5] Miha Mazzini,[6] Peter Orner, Kevin Prufer, Kay Ryan, Mona Simpson, Ana Menéndez, Ladette Randolph, and Wells Tower.[7]

The Pushcart Prize celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2016. It is supported and staffed by volunteers. The founder and editor is Bill Henderson.

The anthology, featuring fiction, poetry and essays, has earned national recognition. “Must reading for anyone interested in the present and future of America’s arts and letters.” — Kirkus Reviews[8] Pushcart Press was awarded the 1979 Carey Thomas Prize for Publisher of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

Winners by year[edit]


  1. ^ Pushcart Prize website
  2. ^ Pushcart Prize website Nomination Process for the Pushcart Prize
  3. ^ "Welcome to Pushcart Press: Publishers of The Pushcart Prize". www.pushcartprize.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  4. ^ Lask, Thomas (January 7, 1979). "The Making of a Big Book on Little Magazines". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "UI PROFESSOR HONORED WITH PUSHCART PRIZE". The Spokesman Review. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Pushcart 2012: Miha Mazzini, "That Winter" from Ecotone 9, Spring 2010". A Just Reconpense. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  7. ^ Mari, Francesca (2011-01-07). "Anthology Review: 'The Pushcart Prize XXXIII'". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to Pushcart Press: Publishers of The Pushcart Prize". www.pushcartprize.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  9. ^ Pushcart Prize website News
  10. ^ http://www.pushcartprize.com/news.html
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2010, by Carolyn Kellogg Some of the Pushcart Winners for 2011
  12. ^ Henderson, Bill (ed.) (2008). Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. ISBN 978-1-888889-48-2.
  13. ^ Ward, BJ. "Roy Orbinson's Last Three Notes". Painted Bride Quarterly. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Pushcart 2003 Anthology Review
  15. ^ "Jana Harris". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  16. ^ Henderson, Bill (Ed.) (1986). The Pushcart Prize X: Best of the Small Presses. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-008008-7. 
  17. ^ Henderson, Bill (ed.) (1976). The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. Harpercollins. ISBN 978-0-380-00752-3.