NER Authors Selected for Prize Anthologies

Pushcart Prizes & New Stories from the Midwest

2016_Cover_BigWe are delighted to announce that the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology—Pushcart Prize XLI—will include three stories from New England Review:The Devil’s Triangle” by Emma Duffy-Comperone, “Forty-Two” by Lisa Taddeo, and “I Sing You for an Apple” by Eric Wilson.

New Stories from the Midwest 2015, to be published by New American Press, will include “Three Marriages” by Emily Mitchell among its 25 selected stories. Plus, listed among the anthology’s “Distinguished Stories” are “Sloth” by Charlie BaxterThe Couplehood Jubilee” by Christine Sneed, and “Clear Conscience” by Christine Sneed.

Look for both anthologies in fall 2016.

Announcing NER 37.2

NER37-2 front coverBuy your copy today!

A sneak peek of our Editor’s Note,
from the just-barely-released NER 37.2:

First publication, which is what you see here, is a moment of capture. It’s the moment the work leaves the writer’s private world and becomes public. The version that appears here may be fixed for NER 37.2—and we believe it’s in its prime—but some works will go on to be part of a book, and then maybe years after that will be revised again for a “new and selected.”  —CK

Read more!

♦ Mary Ebbott on pain’s resistance to language, from Homer to the McGill Pain Questionnaire

♦ Rob Hardy presents the life of an antebellum politician-turned-poet, in an age of hoaxes and counterfeits

♦ Playwright to playwright: Nathaniel G. Nesmith interviews Steve Carter

♦ Ning Ken (trans. by Thomas Moran) calls for a Chinese fiction that contends with contemporary China, where reality exceeds imagination

♦ Eric Severn tallies up the failures so far

♦ John Keats introduces his work

♦ Plus Ian Ganassi’s new translation from Virgil’s Aeneid, in which the Trojans eat their tables and the princess’s hair catches fire

FICTION by Leslie BazzettBen EismanBecky HagenstonKate PetersenAnne Raeff, and Tyler Sage.

POETRY by Cortney Lamar CharlestonMartha CollinsBen JacksonWayne MillerDerek MongMark NeelyMaxine ScatesSafiya SinclairBruce SniderBrian TeareRyan Teitman, and Kara van de Graaf.

NER Author Wins Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Press 53 LogoCongratulations to Dennis McFadden, winner of the 2016 Press 53 Short Fiction Award for his story collection Jimtown Road.

Kevin Morgan Watson, publisher and judge for the Press 53 Short Fiction Award, writes, “Jimtown Road is a uniquely linked collection of stories that span years and lifetimes, sometimes gritty and hard-hitting, other times laugh-out-loud funny. Each story kept me riveted and I found myself at the end of each looking forward to wherever the next story would take me.”

The book will be published in October.

McFadden has published stories in numerous journals, including Missouri Review, Massachusetts Review, and New England Review, most recently in 35.3.

Ehud Havazelet, 1955–2015

HavazeletEhud-black-border-282x300NER is grieved to note the passing of author Ehud Havazelet, who died November 5, 2015.  He was, in the words of Stephen Donadio, “an altogether unique author and friend.” We published his work in NER a number of times over the years, including his essay “To Live in Tiflis in Springtime” in 1993 and his remarkable novella “Leah” in 1997. He also contributed to our feature on Ted Solotaroff in 2009.

Havazelet taught fiction at the University of Oregon in Corvallis since 1999. He was a two-time Oregon Book Award winner—in 1999, for his short-story collection, Like Never Before, and again in 2008 for his novel Bearing the Body. His work was also nationally acclaimed, with honors such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, Whiting Writers Award, and Pushcart Prize. Two of his books were named New York Times Notables and his story “Gurov in Manhattan” was included in The Best American Short Stories 2011.

Tributes from his colleagues and friends can be found on the UO Creative Writing Program page.

NER Writer David Ebenbach Receives Juniper Prize

As always, we are excited to celebrate the success of one of our own own. NER fiction writer David Ebenbach‘s recent short story collection, The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy and Other Stories, has been awarded the 2016 Juniper Prize. The University of Massachusetts Press prize is “dedicated to bringing distinct, fresh voices to a wide audience.” They will publish Ebenbach’s collection in spring 2017.


David Ebenbach is the author of two previous books of short stories—Into the Wilderness (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2012) and Between Camelots (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). He has published two books of poetry—most recently We Were the People Who Moved (Tebot Bach, 2015), and a nonfiction guide to creativity called The Artist’s Torah (Cascade Books, 2012). With a PhD in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Ebenbach teaches literature and creative writing at Georgetown University. His short story, “Eleven Girls,” which is included in the collection recognized by the Juniper Prize, was published in NER 36.4.

Congratulations David! We look forward to more of your work!


NER Poetry Editor Recognized by PEN Award

We are excited to announce that our very own Rick Barot is the recipient of this year’s PEN Open Book Award for his poetry collectionChord.” The PEN America Center, which works to ensure the freedom of expression through writing, awards this prize each year to a work of literature published by an author of color. Past winners include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Juan Felipe Herrera.

Barot-Photo-e1406144371919Rick Barot has published three books of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002) received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and Want (2008) won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. His most recent book, Chord (2015), is on the shortlist for PEN’s Open Book Award, a recognition for a book-length work by an author of color. Since 2014, he has also served as the poetry editor for NER, after contributing as a reader for many years. Rick lives in Tacoma, Washington, and is the director of the M.F.A. Program at the Rainier Writers Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University.

Rick Barot was recognized besides Ta-Nehisi Coates, Mia Alvar and Toni Morrison at a ceremony in Manhattan. Congratulations to Rick and all the other prize winners!

NER Poets Celebrated by 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship

We are excited to announce that three NER poetry contributors have been chosen as recipients for this year’s Guggenheim Fellowship: Rick Barot, Jericho Brown, and Sally Keith. These poets are part of a group of 178 artists, writers, and scholars chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.


Rick Barot has published three books of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002) received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and Want (2008) won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. His most recent book, Chord (2015), is the winner of PEN’s Open Book Award, a recognition for a book-length work by an author of color. Since 2014, he has also served as the poetry editor for NER, after contributing as a reader for many years. Rick lives in Tacoma, Washington, and is the director of the MFA Program at the Rainier Writers Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University.

JerichoBrown_NewBioImageJericho Brown has published poems in the Nation, the New Yorker, the New Republic, and Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was recently published by Copper Canyon Press. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University. His work, including his poem Prayer of the Backhanded, appears in NER 28.1 and 35.3.


Sally Keith is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Fact of the MatterDesign, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Dwelling Song, winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series competition. Her poetry appears in NER 33.2 and 24.4, as well as her essay “The Spirit of the Beehive” in our online series, Confluences.  She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Conference and teaches creative writing at George Mason University.

Congratulations to these NER poets and to all of the 2016 Guggenheim Fellows. More about the award and the current fellows can be found at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website.




NER is a Finalist for the 2016 Firecracker Awards

firecacker-300x291New England Review is pleased to be among the finalists for the 2016 Firecracker Award for magazines! We’re in great company. See the full list of Award finalists here.

The FIRECRACKER AWARDS FOR INDEPENDENTLY AND SELF-PUBLISHED LITERATURE are a revitalized iteration of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, originally established in 1996.

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has once again joined forces with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to present the annual Firecracker Awards, devoted to celebrating independent literary publishers and self-published works of high literary merit.

“ABA is excited to see the return of the Firecracker Awards, and enthusiastically supports the efforts of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses to promote the works of independent literary publishers,” said ABA Development Officer Mark Nichols.

The 2016 Awards will take place on May 19th. The list of finalists were announced for the 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles.

Announcing NER 37.1

37-1 front coverOur spring issue has just shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. Order your copy today!

♦ The Mind at the End of the Palm: Essays on Wallace Stevens by David Baker, Carol Frost, Linda Gregerson, Carl Phillips, and Stanley Plumly
♦ Todd James Pierce takes us back to Disney before Pixar, and the meticulous making of Snow White
♦ Alia Volz accepts the gift of a tattoo
♦ Ben Miller pays tribute to a man who wrote his way right out of his own fiction
♦ Edith Wharton looks upon the Refugees in Paris, World War I
♦ Plus translations of poetry and fiction from French and Catalan

FICTION by Suzanne Dracius (trans. by Nancy Naomi Carlson), Arlene Heyman, Charles Holdefer, Eugene Mirabelli, Martin Monahan, Christine Sneed, Marguerite W. Sullivan, Kathleen Wheaton

POETRY by Yves Bonnefoy (trans. by Hoyt Rogers), Marianne Boruch, Traci Brimhall, Oliver de la Paz, Gemma Gorga (trans. by Sharon Dolin), Bob Hicok, James Hoch, Philip Metres, Christine Robbins, David Wagoner, G. C. Waldrep, Monica Youn

NONFICTION by David Baker, Carol Frost, Linda Gregerson, Ben Miller, Carl Phillips, Todd James Pierce, Stanley Plumly, Alia Volz, Edith Wharton

COVER ART by Margaret Withers

NER Authors Win Iowa Short Fiction Awards

uiplogoIt is with great pleasure that New England Review announces Robert Oldshue and Allegra Hyde as the respective recipients of the 2016 Iowa Short Fiction Award and the 2016 John Simmons Short Fiction Award.

Robert Oldshue receives his award for his first short story collection, November Storm. His work has appeared previously in the Bellevue Literary Review, the Gettysburg Review, and New England Review volumes 29.2, 31.4, and 33.4. NER published the title story in 2008.

Allegra Hyde receives her award for her first short story collection, Of This New World. Her stories have previously appeared in the Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Pushcard Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses, and New England Review volume 35.4.

The Iowa Short Fiction Award has been presented annually since 1969. In 1988 the University of Iowa Press instituted the John Simmons Short Fiction Award—named after the first director of the Press—to complement the ongoing award series. Both national competitions are juried through the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Serious critical consideration is guaranteed by such final judges as Alison Lurie, Raymond Carver, Marilynne Robinson, James Salter, Kevin Brockmeier, and Ethan Canin.

Please join us in congratulating Robert and Allegra!