Announcing WLT’s 2020 Pushcart Prize Nominees

November 30, 2020
A black and white photo of a man, standing, and a woman, seated, looking through a window at the viewer
Photo: Quarantine portrait. Tulsa, Oklahoma. March 22, 2020, by Joseph Rushmore. This photograph accompanied the publication of Rilla Askew's "Cataclysm" in the Summer 2020 issue of World Literature Today.

The editors of World Literature Today are delighted to announce our annual shortlist of Pushcart nominations for 2020. The Pushcart Prize anthology gathers the best poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays published by small-press magazines and book publishers. WLT’s six nominees include:



Saddiq Dzukogi, “There Is No Scar, Only Absence





Major Jackson, “Think of Me, Laughing





Achy Obejas, “Slow






Rilla Askew, “Cataclysm





Anastasia Edel, “Therapy by Living





Catalina Infante Beovic, “Ferns,” trans. Michelle Mirabella





The Dzukogi and Jackson poems appeared in our “Black Voices” series, guest-edited by Mahtem Shiferraw. Askew’s creative nonfiction essay and Infante Beovic’s story appeared in our pandemic series in the Summer 2020 issue and on WLT Weekly, respectively.

Congratulations to our nominated writers and translator! 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.

As 2020 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-four-year history, we’re constantly reminded what a privilege it is to share this work with the world.