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2018 Pushcart Nominations

The Black Earth Institute and the About Place Journal are nominating six pieces to The Pushcart Prize: The Best of Small Presses. Three pieces were nominated from the May 2018 issue of About Place Journal, Rewilding, by editor Tammy Gomez. The other three prices were nominated from the October 2018 issue, Roots + Resistance, by editors Lauren Camp and Melissa Tuckey. The entire nomination process was overseen by BEI director and founding fellow, Michael McDermott. Below are the six pieces selected for nomination, all can be found at the About Place Journal.



Vivian Faith Prescott – Much Addicted to the Superstitions of their Ancestors 

John Jacobson- Fly

Wendy Gaudin- Topophilia

Roots + Resistance

Hila Ratzabi- November 9, 2016

Daniela Elza- Bringing the Roots Home

Lee Sharkey- Thistle

The Pushcart Prize series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America.


Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in our annual collections. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series. Every volume contains an index of past selections, plus lists of outstanding presses with addresses.

The Pushcart Prize has been a labor of love and independent spirits since its founding. It is one of the last surviving literary co-ops from the 60’s and 70’s.