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, August 2015


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, July 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 1.53.16 PMNatalie 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.



Monica McClure, January 2015

Monica McClure

Monica McClure’s debut collection, Tender Data, will be published by Birds, LLC this year. She is the author of the chapbooks, Mood Swing, from Snacks Press and Mala, forthcoming from Poor Claudia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Jubilat, The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork and elsewhere. She curates Atlas, a collaboration series of visual artists and poets, and lives in New York City.








Selena Anderson, “A Hit Dog Will Holler, February 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.11.43 PMSelena Anderson is a writer from Pearland, Texas.






Aram Kim, “White Bone Pine”, January 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.13.30 PMAram Kim lives in Seoul, Korea, where she teaches creative writing at Yonsei University. She is at work on a collection.






Laura Tansley, “Boil Us Dry”, August 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 2.08.41 PMLaura 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.