Cosmonauts Avenue is pleased to announce our 2015 Pushcart Prize nominations. This year we have selected six of the most moving and extraordinary pieces from our 2015 issues in the categories of poetry and fiction. Congratulations to our nominees!
Derrick Austin‘s first collection of poems, Trouble the Water, was selected by Mary Szybist for the 2015 A Poulin Jr Prize and is forthcoming from BOA Editions in Spring 2016. A Cave Canem fellow, he earned his MFA from the University of Michigan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, New England Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, The Paris-American, Memorious, and other journals and anthologies. He is the Social Media Coordinator for The Offing.
Natalie Eilbert is the author of the debut collection Swan Feast, published this year by Coconut Books. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife (Bloof Books, 2014) and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous. (Big Lucks Books, 2014). Her poems and essays have been published or are forthcoming from The Kenyon Review, The Offing, Tin House, Guernica, West Branch, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.
Laura Tansley‘s creative and critical writing has been published in a variety of places including Butcher’s Dog, Gutter, Inky Needles, The Island Review (with Amy Mackelden and Jon Owen), Kenyon Review Online (with Micaela Maftei), lowercase lit, NANO Fiction, New Writing Scotland, The Ostrich Review and PANK. She placed second in this year’s NFFD Micro competition and is also co-editor of ‘Writing Creative Non-Fiction: Determining the Form’. She lives and works in Glasgow.
The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series is one of the most honored literary projects in America. Every year, independent magazines and small presses may select six nominations from that publishing year to send on to the Pushcart Prize judges.