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Featured Writer: Sheila O'Connor


An excerpt from Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions (Rose Metal Press, 2019)

Anniversary Special!

In 2019, Ninth Letter celebrates 15 years of publication, and to celebrate, we are offering ALL back issues from volume 1, number 1 to volume 15, number 2, for only $5.95! Prices are good through 12/31/2019. Visit our webstore to order!

  

 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. 1 - Spring/Summer 2019


Featuring new work from: George David Clark, Millie Tullis, nicole v basta, Beth Kephart, Jacob Aiello, Steve Tomasula, Alex McElroy, Melanie Ritzenthaler, and more. Plus: The Audacity of Language: Eight CantoMundo Poets

 

2019 Best of the Net


Nominees Announced!

We're delighted to announce that 9L has nominated the following works from our Summer 2018 and Winter 2019 editions for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology:

Katie M. Flynn, The King of South Phoenix
Jess Williard, The Spoils
KB Kinkel, Recambrian
Shangyang Fang, Tether
Jason Gray, Letter from the Frozen City
Beth Gilstrap, How to Tattoo a Disordered Woman
Lauren W. Westerfield, That Same Summer
E. Kristin Anderson, Find an Answer in Floorboard or Flowers
Darci Schummer, The Veil
Natalie Wee, When my grandmother begins to forget

Some Kind of Second Heart: New Bulgarian Writing

Current Web Edition: Summer 2019


Featuring Jessica Staricka, Danielle Dubrasky, GE Gilbert, Kristine Langley Mahler, Johann Sarna, Cullen Whisenhunt, Sara Baxter, Harris Lahti, Alyse Knorr, Demi Anter, Len Lawson, Kailey Tedesco, Rachel J. Bennett  

 

Featured Writer: Katherine Vaz


Featured Writer: Emily Arnason Casey


"Sorrow Is a Mother," from Made Holy (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction, University of Georgia Press, 2019)

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