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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!

Featured Writer: Baltazar Lopes

    

Journal – No. 16

Fall/Winter 2011-12 – Vol. 8, No. 2

Sample Spreads

 

 

Contributors

Nonfiction

Monica Berlin, "On Beds, Or Where We Sleep"
Michele Morano, "Crushed"
Jacqueline Saint-Pierre, "The Waiting Place"
Sue William Silverman, "Prepositioning John Travolta" 
Eric Dean Wilson, "Memphisto: Scenes from the End"

Fiction

Logan Adams, "Tethers"
Anya Groner, "Hop"
Theodore Kitaif, "Pictures"
Helen Rubinstein, "Essy, stepping into the water"
Joe B. Sills, "The Ascendants"
E. B. Vandiver, "Safelight"

Poetry

L. S. Asekoff, "Cicero"; "The Sleeping Disciples"
A. M. Brant, "To Notify in Case"
Jesse Damiani, Take Her to a Place She Knows"; "Joan of Arc Responds to Being Drunkenly Hit on at Poor Paul's Pourhouse""
Jehanne Dubrow, "Arranged Marriage, as Coffee Field"
Frank Giampietro, "Another To-Don't List"
Gina Keicher, "Labor Day '98"
Jill Osier, "Sand"
L. S. McKee, "The Anatomical Heart"; "Dead Giveaway"
Rebecca Gayle Howell, "How to Build Trust:"
Richard Pierce, "Penny Livingsto and the Red-Spotted Newt"
Roger Reeves, "Asylum"; "Self-Portrait as Love in Mississippi"; "Do Not Enter"
Michael Shea, "J. Robert Oppenheimer Meets Marilyn Monroe"
Laura Lee Washburn, "Ritual & Meditation""Penances or A List of Actions or States of Being and Corresponding, Often Unexpected, Penances"

Art Feature

Willis Guthrie, Book Alteration

Where We’re @

Michael Don, “Our Missouri Borders”
Kendra Chapman, “Negotiating the Labyrinth: Memory, Borges, and the Art Institute of Chicago”

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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!

cover, volume 15 number 2

 

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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