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Submit to our 2019 Literary Awards!


This year's Literary Awards are now open for submissions. Our esteemed guest judges are Kristen Arnett, fiction; Anna Leahy, creative nonfiction, and R. A. Villanueva, poetry.

Winners in each category will receive $1000 and publication in Ninth Letter. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription.

Go here for complete guidelines and to submit your work!

Featured Writer: Baltazar Lopes

    

Journal – No. 3

Spring/Summer 2005 – Vol. 2, No. 1

Sample Spreads

 

 

Contributors

Art

Kate Armstrong, Jane Benson, Jeff Sartain

Fiction

Erin Brooks Worley, Janet Burroway, Philip Connors, Julio Cortazar (trans. by Anne McLean), Tom Franklin, Phil LaMarche, Bonnie Nadzam, Robert Olen Butler, Brian Tierney, Magdalena Tulli (trans. by Bill Johnston)

NonFiction

Carolyn Alessio, Steve Almond, Robert Cohen, John Domini, John Horgan

Poetry

Lucille Amorack, Mike Barrett, Stephen Dobyns, Joshua Edwards, Angie Estes, Daniel Gutstein, James Hoch, Tyehimba Jess, Lorgen Leth, Gregory Orr, Maxine Scates, Rynn WIlliams, Lisa Williams

Editor's Note

Literature, at its core, has always been a search for truth, and writers by their nature are subject to navel-gazing, so it shouldn't surprise us when the twain meet, thematically, as they have done in this latest issue of Ninth Letter. A number of the works herein explore the territory of personal identity and the ways we define ourselves and the reality that surrounds us. Among these are eerie, touching stories by Brian Tierney and Bonnie Nadzam that consider the mutable boundaries describing "normal." The subjectivity of reality is explored as well, from vastly different perspectives, by Magdalena Tulli, John Horgan, Philip Connors, and Stephen Dobyns, to name just a few of the fine authors who are featured.

This reminds me of one of the central questions in the mission statement of 9L: What is a literary magazine? We strive to define it, and redefine, and, redefine again, learning about ourselves and our surroundings as we go. As writers and artists, we constantly ask, who are we? We as individuals, we as artists, we as a community, a race, a species. It's pretentious, of course, but still we obsess over this most existential of queries. For that I am grateful, because this obsession drives our most talented creators to produce art as wonderful as you'll find in the following pages.

— Jodee Stanley

Awards

Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2005

"In the Tradition of My Family" by Phil LaMarche

STEP Inside Design Magazine's STEP 100 Annual

 

Credits

Editor

Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editor

Steve Davenport

Fiction Editor

Philip Graham

Poetry Editor

Michael Madonick

Art Editors

Joseph Squier and Nan Goggin

Art Director

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud

Designers

Glenn Cochon, Fabiola Elias, Nan Goggin, Jennifer Gunji, Amy Hanlon, Mark Hauge, Lauren Hoopes, Chad Kellenberger, Mason Kessinger, Joseph Kordash, Steve Kostell, Jennifer Mahanay, Jessica Mullen, Katie Quinn, Annette Rotz, Casie Simpson

Illustration

Jay Ryan (Smonk Gets Out Alive)

Photographers

Teresa Gale, Cristen Leifheit, Jennifer Mahanay, José Orihuela

Assistant Editors

Kristen Davidson, Rosalie Morales Kearns, Patrick Lane, Joseph Ledoux, Christopher Maier, Jacqueline May, Lee McGuire, Harmony Neal, Paul Riegel, Ted Sanders, Leslie Singleton, Erin Elizabeth Smith

Current Web Edition: Winter 2019


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Featuring Kara Vernor, Aiden Baker, Robert Fillman, Natalie Wee, Rhonda McDonnell, Darci Schummer, Colin Pope, Beth Gilstrap, Kevin Hyde, E. Kristin Anderson, Lauren W. Westerfield, Ted Mathys, Kerry Donoghue, Jessica Lynn Suchon, Collin Callahan, and Cheyenne Nimes  

 

Now Available! Volume 15, no. 2 - Fall/Winter 2018-19


Featuring new work from: Tom Howard, Matthew Gavin Frank, Teresa Dzieglewicz, Leila Chatti, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Whitney Collins, TaraShea Nesbit, and more! Plus: 2018 Literary Award Winners Ashley Farmer, Zachary Hester, and Pascha Sotolongo!

cover, volume 15 number 2

 

Call for Submissions


Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Winter 2019.  Submissions will be open from February 10 to April 8, 2019.

The theme of this issue is Origins. We all come from home, and our associations with those spaces range from the warm and secure to the distant or fearful. Then, as we grow, leave or stay, and move into the world around us, we see our homes from new or distant vantages. Localities grow and evolve, or wilt in a changing global economy. When our cities and homesteads don’t look the way we remember them, have we left those people and places behind, or were we bypassed in their rush into the future? How do our origins transmogrify our explorations of the world? How does both a sense of belonging and detachment – to people, places, things, and the past – inform the decisions we make in our local but also our highly connected lives?

For more info, check out our web edition guidelines.

Featured Writer: Kate Angus


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