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  • 25 Books that Inspired the World
    September 1, 2014 | WLT
    In conjunction with our November 2014 cover feature—which will focus on central European literature since the fall of the Berlin Wall—the editors of WLT invited 25 writers to nominate one book that most influenced their own writing or ways of seeing the world—from anywhere in the world—and to add a brief statement explaining their choice. Now, it’s your turn to help us choose the...
  • Nadine Gordimer
    July 14, 2014 | Nadine Gordimer
    Photo by Bengt Oberger In honor of Nadine Gordimer, who passed away yesterday at the age of ninety, we reprint here her testimonial from our Winter 1996 issue, devoted to “South African Literature in Transition.” Susan Sontag nominated Gordimer for the 1988 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. When I was sixteen or seventeen—distant youth blurs; years...
  • Tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    April 18, 2014 | Daniel Simon
    When news broke yesterday about the death of Gabriel García Márquez, the entire staff of World Literature Today paused to reflect on the legacy of a writer who not only redrew the map of world literature but also added a thousand new colors to illustrate its unknown territories. García Márquez received the first of many international awards when he was chosen as the winner...
  • April 7, 2014 | WLT
    A cover feature on Argentine/Spanish writer Andrés Neuman, the 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow, plus highlights from the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival  and A special section on translation featuring Eric Abrahamsen, Lucas Klein, Syed Manzoorul Islam, Christi Merrill, and Michael Wood and A special section on eco-lit featuring Kris Saknussemm, Niyi Osundare, Maya Khosla, Wu Ming-yi, Liu Ka-shi...
  • Andres Neuman. Photo by Luis Angel.
    March 6, 2014 | WLT
    Photo by Luis Angel. Award-winning Argentinean-Spanish writer and translator Andrés Neuman will visit the University of Oklahoma as the marquee writer for the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture, which will be held March 26-28. Members of the public are invited to attend Neuman’s keynote talk, which will be held at 11 a.m. on March 28 in Meacham Auditorium. Neuman is...
  • March 5, 2014 | WLT
    We need your help! Our March 2013 cover featuring the photography of Phil Borges is competing among some very big mainstream magazines, but we're hopeful that—with your vote—we can win. Cast your vote by liking the photo of our March 2013 cover. Each "like" is a vote, so you only need to vote once! Thank you for supporting our nonprofit literary magazine and our mission to eleva...
  • December 4, 2013 | WLT
    Our official list of Pushcart nominees from the 2013 issues of WLT is complete, and we've published all the pieces online for your reading convenience. The Pushcart Prize annually honors the best poetry, short fiction, or essays published in small press magazines and book presses.  Poetry  Lauren Camp, “Letter to Baghdad” (January 2013)  Amjad Nasser, “A Postponed Poem for New Y...
  • Mia Couto
    November 1, 2013 | WLT
    Mia Couto, laureate of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. NORMAN, OKLA., Nov. 1, 2013 – Mozambican author António Emílio Leite Couto (Mia Couto) has been chosen by a jury of nine international authors to receive the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The $50,000 prize is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma, the Neustadt family, and World Literature Today...
  • July 16, 2013 | WLT
    NEWS RELEASEFor immediate release Allyse Sanchez303-839-1415, ext. [email protected] Robert Con DavisExecutive Director, World Literature Today[email protected]     The 23rd Biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature Nominees Announced Nine writers each select a nominee for the $50,000 award NORMAN, Okla. (Jul...
  • June 18, 2013 | WLT
    NEWS RELEASEFor immediate release Allyse Sanchez 303-839-1415, ext. [email protected]  Robert Con DavisExecutive Director, World Literature Today[email protected]   Nine-member jury panel of highly prestigious literary figures will select nominees...
  • PEN America
    January 16, 2013 | WLT
    Don’t miss this chance to submit to PEN’s awards for translated literature. PEN is still accepting submissions for the $3,000 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, the $3,000 PEN Translation Prize, and for PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2013. PEN invites you to submit for: The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000) recognizes book-length transla...
  • November 8, 2012 | WLT
    We are pleased to officially present the WLT shortlist of Pushcart Prize nominations for 2012. The Pushcart Prize annually honors the best poetry, short fiction, or essays published in small press magazines and book presses. WLT’s nominees are: Miguel Barnet (Cuba), “Fátima, Queen of the Night,” tr. George Henson (online)   Nathalie Handal (US), Four Poems (January 2012)   Clair...
  • November 7, 2012 | WLT
    Left: WLT intern Alyssa Boutelle's illustration of a quote from the September issue of WLT. Right, a screenshot of the new WLT Pinterest. We’ve been pinning away in our new Pinterest account, and now you can follow our boards for literary inspiration, past covers of WLT, and snapshots of the many incredible authors who have been a part of WLT’s histor...