pushcart pictureThe Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of our annual collections.

Writers who were first noticed here include:
Raymond Carver, Tim O'Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, Andre Dubus, Susan Minot, Mona Simpson, John Irving, Rick Moody, and many more. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series.

Our Pushcart Prize editions are found in most libraries and bookstores. Each volume contains an index of past selections, plus lists of outstanding presses with addresses.

The Pushcart Prize Fellowships is the endowment for The Pushcart Prize, and appreciates contributions in any amount. For more information contact Bill Henderson at Pushcart Press.

Each year will select six excellent poems for the Pushcart Prize before the first of December

Pushcart Nominations 2017

Fairy Dust
Margaret Chula ~ from Daffodils at Twilight

My Walk to Work
Felice Aull ~ f
rom Mandatory Evacuation Zone

Descanso Drive
Charlotte Innes ~ from Descanso Drive

The Best Years of My Life
Robbi Nester ~ from Other-wise

Madame C├ęzanne with Unbound Hair (1869)
Laurie Byro ~ from The Bloomsberries and Other Curiosities

From No Longer at this Address
Ruth Bavetta ~ from No Longer at this Address

Nominations 2016

How to Summon Your Inner Child
Allison Joseph ~ from her book  Mortal Rewards

You Wasted Nothing
Claudine Nash ~ from her book Parts per Trillion

Widow at the Samples Display
William Aarnes ~ from his book Do in Dour

The Poem Blanks Her Verses to the Good Ladies of the Underground Railroad
Joy Roulier Sawyer ~ from her book  Tongues of Men and Angels

House Burning
Donna Spector ~ from her book  Two Worlds

Wendy Sloan ~ from her book  Sunday Mornings at the Caffe Mediterraneum

Nominations 2015


John Warner Smith ~ from his book A Mandala of Hands

Full Moon Silhouettes

Christine Klocek-Lim ~ from her book  Dark Matter

Poem beginning and ending with lines from James Agee

Bill Mayer ~ from his book  A Truce with Fantasy  

Minuet in Pink

Esther Erford ~ from her book  Leaves from an Autumn Wood 

Apple Eating

Lynn Marie Houston ~ from her book  The clever Dream of Man

Elegy for a Third Grader

Marianne Smith Johnson ~ from her book  Tender Collisions       

Nominations 2014

My Son, Contrary to Medical Expectations, Is Born Laughing
Richard Nester ~ from his book Buffalo Laughter

Quilters of Gee's Bend
Alarie Tennile ~ from her book Running Counterclockwise

Joan Colby ~ from her book Properties of Matter

Poem for a Sunday
Justin Hamm ~ from his book Lessons in Ruin

To the Ocean in Summer
Jean L. Kreiling ~ from her book The Truth in Dissonance

Nearly and Almost
Tina Hacker ~ from her book Listening to Night Whistles