Announcing WLT’s 2018 Pushcart Prize Nominees

December 13, 2018


The editors of World Literature Today are delighted to announce our annual shortlist of Pushcart nominations for 2018. The Pushcart Prize honors the best poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays published by small-press magazines and book publishers. By genre and issue, WLT’s six nominees include:





Li-Young Lee, “God Is Burning” (January 2018)





Mahtem Shiferraw, Six Poems (May 2018)






Kapka Kassabova, “Border Ghosts” (January 2018) [essay]





Angélica Gorodischer, “A Perfect Wife,” translated by Amalia Gladhart (May 2018) [fiction]





Ladan Osman, “Slaying New Black Notions: Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’” (July 2018) [essay]





Anna Badkhen, “An Anatomy of Lostness” (November 2018) [essay]


Congratulations to our nominated writers and translators! This is just a sampling of WLT’s extraordinary content from the past year—as always, choosing from more than a hundred contributors proved exceptionally difficult. This year also marks Li-Young Lee’s second nomination; his poem “Seven Marys” (WLT, July 2006, 27) was chosen for Pushcart Prize XXXII back in 2008.

As 2018 comes to a close, WLT’s editors would like to thank the many writers, translators, reviewers, contributing editors, University of Oklahoma colleagues and students, and readers who make World Literature Today a vital contribution to the conversation about international literature and culture. As stewards of the magazine’s ninety-two-year history, we’re remarkably privileged to share this work with the world.