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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. 20

Fall/Winter 2013-14 – Vol. 10, No. 2

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Contributors

2013 Literary Award Winners

Fiction: Caitlin O'Neil, "Change Over Day"
Poetry: R. A. Villanueva, "Aftermaths," "Sacrum"
Creative Nonfiction: Jessica Wilbanks, "On the Far Side of the Fire" 
Translation: Shen Wei, "A Dictionary of Xinjiang" translated by Eleanor Goodman
Runner-up, Poetry: Zoey Farber, "Three Expressions of El Tío", "Five Characteristics of the Genus Tragelaphus"
Runner-up, Translation: Krasimira Zafirova, "A Formula for Infinity," "Toast," "A Birthday Between Two Seas" translated by Olga Nicorova

Fiction

Robyn Joy Leff, "The Dilemma Olympics"
Amelia Gray, "Precious Katherine"
Robyn Carter, "The Instructor's Discretion"
Adam Peterson, "Time and Temperature," "Dispatches before the War"
Colin Winnette, "Super Awesome Sexy Weekend" 
Michael Leone, "Provenance; or, Notes from a Vanished Archive"

Nonfiction

Angela Woodward, "Punctuation essay" 
Nalini Jones, "You Are Looking Almost Good"
Ariel Lewiton, "Holiday"

Poetry

Christopher Kempf, "Kitchen, Fragile"
Nance Van Winckel, "Evening Protocols"
Brian Sneeden, "Lord's Prayer"
Mark Wagenaar, "The Little Book of Fate," "Superman's Love Letter to Kryptonite"
Jessamyn Schnackenberg, "A Scatology"
Stephen Frech, "Enough, Not Enough"
Nathan Slinker, "The Adirondacks"
Patrick Whitfill, "Letter to Howard Nemerov"
David Welch, "The Rabbit's First Order Is the Hawk"

Art Features

Ben Pond, insert
Mattias Adolfsson, insert
The Questia Project

Where We’re @

Greg Rodgers, "Storytelling in the Midwest"
Ceridwen Hall, "Turkey Detour"

Editorial Staff

Editor: Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editors: Philip Graham and Janice N. Harrington

Poetry Editor: Michael Madonick

Art Directors: Brian Wiley and Maurice Meilleur

Designers: Lauren Blackburn, Vanessa Burritt, Denise Castaneda, Scott Durand, Dane Georges, Yoojin Hong, Catherine Kolakowski, Bryan Lorenz, Monique Marchwiany, Julian Pahre, Samantha Persons, Lauren Shepherd

Assistant Editors: Kendra Chapman, Angela Hine, Sean MacIntyre

Editorial Assistants: Laura Adamczyk, David Ethan Chambers, Michael Don, Sara Fan, Khaleel Gheba, Ceridwen Hall, Angela Hine, Avery Irons, Roya Khatiblou, Calgary Martin, Natalie Mesnard, Greg Rodgers, Sidney Taiko Sheehan, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Lucilena Williams

Support at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

College of Fine and Applied Arts
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
LAS Humanities Council
Office of the Chancellor
Office of the Provost
School of Art and Design

Individual Sponsors

Publisher
Richard Powers
Robert Skiba

Friend
Joan Golder 
Robert Graves 
Kathleen Harleman
Robert and Allison Mesnard
Pamela Saunders

This project is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

Information about supporting Ninth Letter can be found at www.ninthletter.com; all donations and gifts to Ninth Letter are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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

 

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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