By The Bombay Review
The Pushcart Prize, established in 1976, is the most honored literary project of the United States. Around for almost half a century, the prize has become a beacon of light for writers and small presses around the world. Every year, magazines from around the world are invited to nominate a maximum of 6 writers, in genres – ‘poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot’
We are happy to nominate our writers for the legendary award! In the year 2020, The Bombay Review published (or will have published) approximately 150 writers. Out of these we have currently longlisted the following (being updated), and will finally nominate 6 for the Pushcart Prize 2021 in December this year.
The Bombay Review will also give a Cash award of $250 to all our writers selected to be published in the Henderson edited anthology.
The Bombay Review Pushcart Stats 2020
No of Submissions: Around 1,600
No of Published Writers: Around 150
Longlisted for Pushcart Nomination: N/A
Pushcart nominations: 6 (To be announced)
Currently Longlisted entries
Poetry | ‘On Tabassum, my daughter stumbling upon the word “Consummation” in a dictionary’ | By Umar Nizar
Umar Nizar’s poem On Tabassum, my daughter stumbling upon the word ‘Consummation’ in a dictionary, where the title of the poem is as artful, provided a recursive unfurling of the circularity of dead-ends, with a… More
Tom’s work has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Zoetrope, Boston Review, The New England Review, The O. Henry Awards and twice in the Pushcart Prize. His first collection, Scar Vegas (Harcourt), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Pen/Hemingway finalist. A graduate of Princeton and the Columbia MFA program, he is a professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire.
On the right to plagiarise/subversion as an act of reading/ a way of rejoicing in incoherence Hold the pen, turn the page how does one write a poem, where does it begin, what shall the… More
Of the selections, what startled me was the imagery in Sonnet Mondal’s grim ‘the nameless man scooping out milk from the road to drain the drought inside’ or ‘a forsaken boatman/rows for food in the… More
Tara there, Tara here. I’m kneeling with the balls of my heels propped up against my butt, on the cold stone floor in a corner of the Paro Dzong. It is separated from the main… More
Sanaa is a Literature graduate from St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and a Master’s graduate in Public Policy from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She works as a development communications professional in Mumbai. Her fiction adopts a sociological lens, and is inspired by her work with low-income communities across Bombay and Delhi.
Despy Boutris teaches at the University of Houston, works as Assistant Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of The West Review. Her work has been published in American Poetry Review, American Literary Review, Copper Nickel, The Journal, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.
Pushcart nominees are in good company.
“A powerhouse.” — Publishers Weekly
“Distinguished.” New York Times Book Review
“Of far more significance than other awards.” — Joyce Carol Oates
“The ex-officio house organ for the American literary cosmos.” — Chicago Tribune
“The Pushcart Prize editions are urgent and absolutely necessary.” — Mary Karr
“I cannot conceive of American literature without the Pushcart Prize.” — Andrei Codrescu
“A truly remarkable collection of the finest small press poems, essays and short stories.” — Booklist
“Must reading for anyone interested in the present & future of America’s letters.” — Kirkus Reviews