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The Pushcart Prize XLII

Best of the Small Presses 2018 Edition

Bill Henderson, The Pushcart Prize Editors (Editor)


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Paperback (11/7/2017)
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“The best small press anthology I’ve seen.” - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“A treasured compilation,“ - Library Journal, Starred Review

Not since the days of Hemingway, Pound and Joyce has so much talent been invested in small book presses and little magazines in every part of the country and indeed the world. In order to bring these writers to a wider audience, the Pushcart Prize every year requests that editors from hundreds of presses nominate their year’s best. Nominations are also made by Pushcart’s staff of Contributing Editors, who then assist in the final choice.

Pushcart Prize XLII is a celebration of a wide variety of poets, essayists and short story writers from more than 50 presses. As ever, most writers in this edition appear in the series for the first time.

The Pushcart Prize has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle and is acclaimed by writers, readers and reviewers internationally.

Praise For The Pushcart Prize XLII: Best of the Small Presses 2018 Edition

Pushcart offers a clear and refreshingly panoramic view of the current state of creative writing. Essential reading, as always.

Intelligent and array of illustrious writers with a deep respect for language.

A surprising , vital collection that should hearten all serious readers.


Of inestimable value.

An exceptionally strong sampling of contemporary writers.

A distinguished annual literary event.

Urgent and absolutely necessary.
— Mary Karr

A heroic work.
— TC Boyle

I am fiercely loyal to and grateful for the Pushcart Prize editions.
— Wally Lamb

Of far more significance than other awards.
— Joyce Carol Oates

An amazing asset for readers of serious literature.
— Daniel Halpern

One of the best-selling literary anthologies in the world.
— Fresno Bee

Pushcart Press, 9781888889840, 600pp.

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

About the Author

Bill Henderson is the founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2006 National Book Critic Circle’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. He is also the author of several memoirs, including All My Dogs: A Life. The founder of the Lead Pencil Club, Henderson lives on Long Island and In Maine where he runs the Pushcart bookstore – “the world’s smallest bookstore.”

More than 200 Contributing Editors and CO-Editors help select the annual volumes of The Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize Editors come from almost every state in the USA and around the world. Every year more than 8,000 nominations are received for the Pushcart Prize.