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Current Web Edition: Winter 2020


Featuring Jeffrey Liao, Giles Scott, Soramimi Hanarajima, Kim Magowan, Geoff Anderson, Robert Carr, Crystal Ellefsen, Matthew E. Henry, Brad Kavo, Jennifer Met, Jeffrey Perkins, Jeremy Rock, G. J. Sanford, Adam D. Weeks, Corey Zeller

Featured Writer: Serena Simpson


Winner of the 2020 Disquiet International Literary Program Prize in Nonfiction

 Ninth Letter Editorial Staff

  • Editor and Fiction Editor: Jodee Stanley
  • Creative Nonfiction Editor: Ted Sanders
  • 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 a collaborative arts and literary project produced by the Creative Writing Program and School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Edited and designed by faculty and students as part of the core curricula of both programs, 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. The journal has also received many national and international awards for graphic design, and has been 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 curricula of the School of Art + Design and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

In the Creative Writing Program, 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.

In Art + Design, graduate and undergraduate students participate in a Ninth Letter production course, in which the students design a complete issue of the journal under faculty direction. These students finish the course with valuable experience that has real-world applications, along with nationally distributed designs for their portfolios.

Students in both programs who have completed the Ninth Letter courses have gone on to career success in the fields of graphic design and literary publishing, thanks in part to their experience working with Ninth Letter.

Announcing our 2020 Literary Award Winners!


We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 Literary Awards!

Poetry – Danielle Williams, for “A Walk on June 19,” “fa’ñague /fuh-nyah-ghee/”, and “Gospel”

Creative Nonfiction - Anna Winham, for “my mother // itch”

Fiction  - Alida Dean, for “The Off Season”

The winning works will appear in our Fall/Winter 2020-21 edition, due out in December 2020.

View our complete list of winners and honorable mentions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now Available! Volume 17, no. 1 - Spring/Summer 2020


Featuring new work from: Brock Clarke, Becky Hagenston, David Naimon, Paul Crenshaw, Kathy Fagan, Jennifer Saunders, and more!. Plus: an interview with Anders Carlson-Wee!

 

Featured Writer: Antony Dapiran


 watercolor painting of person holding umbrella in cloud of tear gas

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