Announcing WLT’s 2021 Pushcart Prize Nominees

December 2, 2021
An illustration of fireflies, illuminated by moonlight, against a purple sky and green ground
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The editors of World Literature Today are delighted to announce our annual shortlist of Pushcart nominations for 2021. Pushcart Prize XLVII will honor the best poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays published by small-press magazines and book publishers. WLT’s six nominees include:


Kamilah Aisha Moon, “Fireflies





Olivia Reginaldo, “Simi,” translated from Quechua by Alison Krögel





Patricia Smith, “The Storefronts Wore Their Names






Dipika Mukherjee, “Tears and Song





Sahar Mustafah, “The Bodies





Alina Stefanescu, “Awl





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 two hundred contributors, both print and online, proved exceptionally difficult.

As 2021 comes to a close—and amidst the ongoing global crisis of year two of the pandemic—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-five-year history, we’re remarkably privileged to share this work with the world.