Announcing WLT’s 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominees

December 9, 2019
An illustration of two female figures, rendered in almost a Cubist style. A small male figure sits on the hand of the one of the figures.
You Will Grow Together in Your Rage, illustration by Meg Lionel Murphy. This piece originally accompanied Barbara Jane Reyes, “Three Tracks from Brown Girl Mixtape” from the Autumn 2019 issue.

Even as we await the release of Pushcart Prize XLIV next week, the editors of World Literature Today are delighted to announce our annual shortlist of Pushcart nominations for 2019. 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:


Barbara Jane Reyes, “Three Tracks from Brown Girl Mixtape” (Autumn 2019)

Lindantonella Solano Mendoza, “Two Wayuu Poems,” trans. Wendy Call (Autumn 2019)

Vickie Vértiz, “Do you know what time it is?” (Autumn 2019)



Alberto Chimal, “The Grand Experiment,” trans. George Henson (Summer 2019)



Reyna Grande, “Immigration and Transformation: My Literary Metamorphosis” (Autumn 2019)

Andrew Lam, “Living in the Tenses in Saigon” (Summer 2019)


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 over a hundred contributors proved exceptionally difficult.

As 2019 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-three-year history, we’re remarkably privileged to share this work with the world.