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The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Presses series has been published every year since 1976, with hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry, and essays represented in its pages. Publishers Weekly has named the volume among the most influential projects in the industry’s history, and Kirkus Reviews calls it “must reading for anyone interested in the present and future of America’s arts and letters.”
“From China to Greece, from India to Italy, this year’s collection
offers original, pithy commentary on everything from globalization and terrorism to relationships and family values in short works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.” — Publishers Weekly
“Admirers of this annual compendium of fiction, poetry, and essays published in small-press venues can rave about its high literary quality, its rich spectrum of voices and subjects, and the importance of noncorporate publishing. But one must also say that it is a whole lot of fun to immerse oneself in these big, buzzing, and roiling volumes: you never know what you are going to find. Here are humor and pathos, danger and revelation.”