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Featured Writer: Ingrid Horrocks


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Days Bay,” an essay from the forthcoming collection Where We Swim

 

Current Web Edition: Winter 2021


Featuring Sean Cho A., Despy Boutris, Jean Coco, Ro Daniels, Amanda Gaines, Wynne Hungerford, Natasha King, Rooja Mohassessy, Jennifer Popa, E. B. Schnepp, Alison Stine, Vincent Yu

 Ninth Letter Editorial Staff

  • Editor and Fiction Editor: Jodee Stanley
  • Creative Nonfiction Editor: Christopher Kempf 
  • Poetry Editor: Corey Van Landingham
  • Web Edition Editors: Michael Hurley and Zachariah McVicker
  • Editor-at-Large: Philip Graham
  • Art Director: Natalie Smith

 

 

About Ninth Letter

Ninth Letter is the award-winning literary arts journal edited and produced by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The journal's mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design.

Work published in Ninth Letter has been selected for many awards anthologies such as Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Best Creative Nonfiction, Best New Fantasy, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and New Stories from the Midwest. During a decade-plus collaboration with the UIUC School of Art + Design, the journal also received many national and international awards for graphic design, and was featured in the design awards annuals of both STEP Inside Design and HOW Magazine. In 2005 Ninth Letter was named Best New Literary Journal by the Council of Learned Journals, an affiliate of the Modern Language Association.

In addition to our dedication to literary and artistic excellence, Ninth Letter also maintains a strong commitment to our role in the UIUC Creative Writing curriculum. Graduate and undergraduate students in English and Creative Writing have the opportunity to enroll in editing and publishing courses in which they gain hands-on experience in editorial work. Students who have completed the Ninth Letter courses have gone on to career success in commercial, academic, and literary publishing, thanks in part to their experience working with Ninth Letter.

Best Small Fictions


 text: Ninth Letter announces Best Small Fiction nominations

Now Available! Volume 17, no. 2 - Fall/Winter 2020-21


Featuring new work from: Carl Phillips, Jonathan Wlodarski, Alyssa Quinn, Nichole LeFebvre, Michael Chang, and more!. Plus: the winners of the 2020 Ninth Letter Literary Awards and the 2019 Illinois Emerging Writer Awards!

 

 

Pushcart Prize Nominations 2020


Nominees Announced!

 

A Book You May Have Missed: Michele Morano's LIKE LOVE

This project is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council

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2020 Best of the Net


Nominees Announced!

We're delighted to announce that 9L has nominated the following works from our Summer 2019 and Winter 2020 editions for the 2020 Best of the Net anthology:

Mónica Gomery - "Visit"

Threa Almontaser - "Meeting with a Ghost Friend at Starbucks"

Aimee Seu - "Aubade 15"

Daniel Garcia - "A Night to Remember"

Kelsey Rexroat - "Human Tide"

Alyse Knorr - "The Death of the Waynes"

Kailey Tedesco - "new jersey dirt"

Len Lawson - "Frozone's Bride"

Kristine Langley Mahler - "Two Truths and a Lie"

Harris Lahti - "Sugar Bath"

Special Feature: my heart. your soul.

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