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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. 15

Spring/Summer 2011 – Vol. 8, No. 1

Sample Spreads

 

Contributors

Nonfiction

B. J. Hollars, "In Defense of Sasquatch"
David LeGault, "I Am a Fan of Charles Martin Smith"
Aisha Sabatini Sloan, "Fade to White"
Ryan Van Meter, "Look at me"

Special Feature

Matthew Baker, "An Interview with Michael Martone"

Fiction

Jensen Beach, "Water Festival"
Jimmy Chen, "Again St."
Benjamin Rybeck, "Dad Stuff"
William Wall, "I Bought a Heart"
Kellie Wells, "The Sorrows"
Naomi J. Williams, "Folie à Plusieurs"
Kevin Wilson, "The Human Element in the Machine Process"

Poetry

Alice Bolin, "Antiphon"
Matthew Dickman, "I MADE YOU DINNER BOB KAUFMAN!"; "I MISS YOU ALLEN GINSBERG!"
Ansel Elkins, "On Leaving the Boy in the Battlefield"
Matthew Gavin Frank, "Monarch"; "Luciferase"
Roy Giles, "Before I Go to Bed"
Benjamin S. Grossberg, "The Space Traveler and the Doppler Effect"
James Allen Hall, "Love Story"; "Two Stories Ending Under an Overcast Sky"
T. J. Jarrett, "We Go to the River and Will Always Return"
Joy Manesiotis, "Skein"
Scott Minar, "Pecadillo"; "Reading the Odyssey"
Gretchen Steele Pratt, "Exodus of the Skyscrapers"
Maxine Scates, "Sirkian"
Claire Sylvester Smith, "Luxuriant"
Ryan Teitman, "Circles"
Jake Adam York, "Letter Written in the Breath"

Art Feature

Carrie Dashow and Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, "Subliminal History of New York State: Route of Progress"

Where We’re @

Eduardo Gabrieloff, “Humbolt Park”
Harmony Neal, “Detroit, City of the Future”

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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!

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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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