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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!

Some Kind of Second Heart: New Bulgarian Writing

    

Journal – No. 2

Fall/Winter 2004 – Vol. 1, No. 2

Sample Spreads

 

Contributors

Art

flyingpuppet.com, oculart.com, anonymes.net

Fiction

John Haskell, Roy Kesey, Adam Johnson, Ann Beattie, Carol Emschwiller, George Singleton, Jennifer Sears, Wythe Marschall, Harry Stephen Keeler

Nonfiction

Natania Rosenfeld, Tom Bissell, Susan Perabo, Ander Monson, Ron Carlson, William Gillespie

Poetry

Janice N. Harrington, Ann E. Michael, William Winfield Wright, Ira Sukrungruang, G.C. Waldrep, Nance Van WInckel, Paul McCormick, Bob Hicok, Deborah Cummins, Joyce Goldenstern, Amy Lingafelter, Barry Ballard, Kevin Craft, Thomas Reiter, Christopher Chambers

Editor's Note

For the second issue of Ninth Letter, our primary goal has been to avoid duplicating our first issue. Our mission above all is to refuse to succumb to the comfort of an established, test-driven format or to confine ourselves to a single definition of literature. So things are a bit different this second time around, and in forthcoming issues (be warned) they'll be different yet again. For Volume 1 issue 2, we've experimented with alternative media and interactivity with ninthletter.com; we've also included some special items for readers and collectors. Go ahead and turn to the contributors' notes first, as I know many of you already do. You'll find some interesting facts about each of our featured writers and poets, collected in a handy tear-and-save format. And in honor of our limited-edition contributors' cards, we've compiled below nine facts unique to this issue of Ninth Letter.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy.

— Jodee Rubins

Awards

Best New Poets 2005

"In Thailand It Is Night" - Ira Sukrungruang

Type Directors Club

Certificate of Excellence

STEP Inside Design Magazine's STEP 100 Annual

 

Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards

"Terra Firma" - Amy Lingafelter

Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards

"Traveler" - Janice N. Harrington

2005 CHAAMPS: A Celebration of White Space:

Best Publication Design

2005 CHAAMPS: A Celebration of White Space:

Best in Show

Credits

Editor

Jodee Rubins

Fiction Editor

Philip Graham

Poetry Editor

Michael Madonick

Nonfiction Editor

David Wright

Art Editors

Joseph Squier and Nan Goggin

Art Director

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud

Designers

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud, Nan Goggin, and Lauren Hoopes

Assistant Editors

J Anderson Frazee, Rosalie Morales Kearns, Patrick Lane, Joe Ledoux, Christopher Maier, Katherine Mauer, Robert McCarthy, Neelay Shah, Jason Watt, Chris Wiberg

Editorial Assistants

Yanoula Athanassakis, Laura Bandy, David Coyoka, Kristen Davidson, Zakiya Farris, Laura Koritz, Kevin Matz, Anne Owen, Paul Riegel, Kristel Reitsel-Low, Ben Stephens, Rebecca Weber

Assistant Designers

Fabiola Elias, Daniel Goscha, Amy Hanlon, Chad Kellenberger, Mason Kessinger, Valerie Lohmann, Jessica Mullen

Current Web Edition: Winter 2019


Tower tarot card

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

 

An Interview with Ayelet Tsabari


Ayelet TsabariIsraeli-Canadian-Yemeni author Ayelet Tsabari (The Art of Leaving, 2019; The Best Place on Earth, 2013) talks with Brett Ashley Kaplan, Director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, about her life and work

 

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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