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2022 Literary Awards Now Open!


Ninth Letter is pleased to announce our ninth annual Literary Awards call for submissions! We'll be accepting entries from March 8, 2022 to April 30, 2022 for our Literary Awards in three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. $1000 prize + publication in the Fall/Winter 2022-23 edition of 9L. Judges are Emily Pittinos (creative nonfiction), Alex McElroy (fiction), and Anthony Cody (poetry). Full guidelines here.

Journal – No. 3

Spring/Summer 2005 – Vol. 2, No. 1

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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

Now Available! Volume 18, no. 2 - Fall/Winter 2021-22


Featuring new work from: Diane Seuss, Nancy Reddy, Jihyun Yun, Chad Davidson, Christine Hume, Josh Bell, Kevin Latimer, and more! Plus, the winners of our 2021 Literary Awards!

 

 

Coming Soon! Regeneration Literary Contest

Full guidelines will be available 4/28. Submissions open May 1.

This project is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council

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Winter 2022 Web Edition Now Available!

Featuring new work from Allison S. Kingsley, Holden Wright, Liz Ulin, Gabrielle Griot, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Samantha Blysse Haviland, Sonya Lara, V. Batyko, Anne Marie Wells, Margaret Ezra Zhang, Neha Maqsood, AE Hines

Featured Writer: Ladette Randolph


 

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