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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. 10

Fall/Winter 2008 – Vol. 5, No. 2

Sample Spreads

 

Contributors

Fiction

César Aira (translated by Chris Andrews), Mai Al-Nakib, Keith Lee Morris, George Singleton, B. R. Smith, Allison Titus, James Warner

Nonfiction

Naton Leslie, Bruce Petronio, Mike Scalise, Julie Wittes Schlack, K. G. Schneider

Poetry

Neil Aitken, Tara Betts, Joseph Campana, Peter Cooley, Patricia Chao, Curtis Crisler, Kwame Dawes, Mitchell L. H. Douglas, Christopher DeWeese, Jehanne Dubrow, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Megan O’Reilly Green, Eamon Grennan, Lawrence Goeckel, Terita Heath-Wlaz, S. Whitney Holmes, Michael Lauchlan, Adrian Matejka, Louis McKee, Cheyenne Nimes, Ed Pavlic, Hannah Louise Poston, Isaac Pressnell, Anne Marie Rooney, Patrick Rosal, Patricia Smith, Barbara Buckman Strasko, Rob Talbert, Frank X Walker, Marcus Wicker, David Welch, Ryo Yamaguchi

Art Feature

Katori Hall

Institutional Support

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

Individual Sponsors


Publisher

  • Robert and Kay Merrick
  • Richard Powers
  • Robert Skiba


Friend

  • Raina Bahns
  • Kathleen Harleman

Ninth Letter is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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

Editor's Note

This issue of Ninth Letter is dedicated to the memories of two former Ninth Letter colleagues who passed away in 2008: graphic designer Clint Miceli and assistant editor Kristen Davidson. They will be sorely missed.

Credits

Editor

Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editors

Steve Davenport and Audrey Petty

Poetry Editor

Tyehimba Jess

Art Editors

Joseph Squier and Nan Goggin

Guest Editor, Fiction

Alex Shakar

Art Director

Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud

Designers

Jori Brewer, Tirso Gamboa, Sarah Kowalis, Jon Lauriat, Huang Li, Adam Muran, Kiley Reed Black, Karen Remsen, Kim Ruelo, Deborah Su, Brett Tabolt, Kristie Weaver

Assistant Editors

Jaime Brunton, Adam Deutsch, Andrew Ervin, Russell Evatt, Brian Kornell, Arley McNeney, Micah Riecker

Editorial Assistants

Lillian Bertram, Caroline Duda, Dana Burchfield, Cory Holding, , Lara Mann, Matt Minicucci, Paul Pedroza, , Heather Salus, Amy Sayre-Roberts, Crystal Thomas

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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