Announcing WLT’s 2017 Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays Nominees

December 4, 2017

The editors of World Literature Today are proud to officially present our annual shortlist of Pushcart and BAE nominations for 2017. The Pushcart Prize honors the best poetry, short fiction, and essays published by small-press magazines and book publishers. By genre and issue, WLT’s six nominees include:


Carolyn Forché, Five Poems (January 2017)


Craig Santos Perez, “Ode (Ending with a Confession) to the First Mango I Ate on Guam After Decades Away” (May 2017)




Photo by Brie Childers

Stephen Mitchell, “The Binding of Isaac” (November 2017)


Creative Nonfiction

Tiffany Midge, “Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s” (May 2017)


Fabio Morábito, Two Flash Nonfictions , translated by Curtis Bauer (September 2017)



Photo: Johnathan Ring

 Aminatta Forna, “Selective Empathy: Stories and the Power of Narrative” (November 2017)


The editors are also pleased to nominate the following essays for the Best American Essays series, which features “a work of respectable literary quality, intended as a fully developed, independent essay on a subject of general interest, originally written in English (or translated by the author) for publication in an American periodical”:

Githa Hariharan, “When Bodies Speak” (March 2017)


Photo: Shane Brown

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, “Streaming” (May 2017)


Susan Power, “Native in the Twenty-first Century” (May 2017)


Congratulations to our writers and translators! This is just a sampling of WLT’s extraordinary content from this past year, and choosing from more than a hundred contributors proved exceptionally difficult.

As 2017 winds down, we’d like to thank the many writers, translators, reviewers, University of Oklahoma colleagues and students, and readers that make World Literature Today such a great success story. As the stewards of this ninety-one-year history, we’re remarkably privileged to share this work with the world.