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2020 Literary awards announcement


 

Featured Writer: Isabel Ribe


 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.

Now Available! Volume 16, no. 2 - Fall/Winter 2019-20


Featuring new work from: Geri Doran, A. R. Zarif, Samantha Edmonds, Amy Stuber, Kerry Folan, Mason Andrew Hamberlin, and more!. Plus: Winners of the 2018 Illinois Emerging Writer Awards and Winners of the 2019 Ninth Letter Literary Awards!

 

 

Pushcart Prize Nominations 2019


Nominees Announced!

We're delighted to announce that 9L has nominated the following works from our Spring/Summer 2019 and Fall/Winter 2019-20 editions for The Pushcart Prize XLV:

Spring/Summer 2019 (vol. 16 no. 1, published May 2019)

Michael Torres, "The Pachuco Himself Considers the Audacity of Language" (poetry)

Jacob Aiello, "Units of Measurement" (creative nonfiction)

Alex McElroy, "The Cruise" (fiction)

Fall/Winter 2019-20 (vol. 16 no. 2, forthcoming December 2019)

Samantha Edmonds, "The Adventures of Earthgirl and Starboy" (fiction)

Jenny Tinghui Zhang, "Party Trick Chinese" (creative nonfiction)

Adam Meisner, "Fourteen Translations for a Line from Barthes' Incidents" (poetry)

Current Web Edition: Winter 2020


Featuring Dave Harrity, Michael Alessi, Kelsey Rexroat, Matt Muilenburg, Daniel Garcia, Aliza Ali Khan, Sue D. Burton, Candice Wuehle, Aimee Seu, Tom Kelly, Threa Almontaser, Mónica Gomery, Susan Comninos

Call for Submissions


Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our Summer 2020 web edition.  Submissions will be open from January 24 to March 20.

The theme for this issue is Debts. To what are we beholden? Of course mortgages, student loans, credit cards and car payments. And with them the fraud and inherent large-scale crises that extract from and shape generations in unique ways. But also our loved ones and colleagues, the earth and the seasons, inventions and collectives, and ancestors as well as strangers. What do we owe, and to who or what is it owed?

Submit your work for this special feature at ninthletteronline.submittable.com.

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