Award Nominations


Pushcart Prize

Reconstruction – Essay by Helen Sitler
Collapse – Fiction by Justine Gardner
Amusement Park – Fiction by Wilson Koewing
What the Paint Can Do – Poetry by Kitty Jospe
The Returned – Poetry by Pamela Main
Every Home I’ve Lived in is a Papier-Mâché Piñata – Poetry by Yashodhara Trivedi


Best of Net (work published between July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022)

The Art of Negotiating – Essay by Aria Dominguez
 I Think I’ll Miss Us – Essay by Jaclyn Reed

Insomnia – Poetry by Gregory Anderson
June Morning with Thoughts of Mortality – Poetry by Despy Boutris (Named a 2023 Best of Net Finalist)
A Sketch of the Artist as an Object of Ridicule – Poetry by Luigi Coppola
The Returned – Poetry by Pamela Main
Matchbox Dreams – Poetry by Mydhili Varma
This Is For My Great-Grandmother Who Rode Horses Bareback – Poetry by Madison Xu

Hyperplexia – Fiction by Amy Barnes
What’s Done Is Done – Fiction by Matt Barrett




Best Small Fictions Anthology by Sonder Press

A Shiny Little Blue World by Dan Crawley
Surrogate Love by Damhnait Monaghan
A crack in the blinkers by Alison Gibson
A Parable of Grief by Jessica Federle
Blood Roots by Alyssa Jordan


Pushcart Prize

Bypasses – Essay by Gabriela Frank
Surrogate Love – Fiction by Damhnait Monaghan
The Stupid Smart Girl – Fiction by Monica Wong
Installation – Poetry by C.C. Russell
Because – Poetry by Tara Campbell
Planetary Differentiation – Poetry by Megan E. Freeman


Best of the Net (work published between June 30, 2020-July 1, 2021)

Amen – Essay by Jennifer Lang
Bypasses – Essay by Gabriela Frank

Because – Poetry by Tara Campbell
Losing Heart – Poetry by James Crews
Meditation on No Longer – Poetry by Kitty Jospe
Moving the Sheep  Poetry by Lisa Lopez Smith
At the Marigold Kitchen Cafe – Poetry by Andrea Potos
My Father’s Witness – Poetry by Fran Westwood

Cannery Row – Fiction by Dan Cardoza
Pissing Bullies – Fiction by Rasmenia Massoud





Best Small Fictions Anthology by Sonder Press

Memorial of Imaginary Lines by Sabrina Hicks
192 Seconds by Paula Hilton 
In the Rearview Mirror by Alexondria Jolene
Ghost List by Megan Wildhood
Keeping Gladys Good by Kathryn Kulpa


Pushcart Prize

Dear Maddy – Essay by Jacqueline Doyle
Memorial of Imaginary Lines – Fiction by Sabrina Hicks
The Suns of Orchard Street – Fiction by David Mohan
Here – Poetry by Shannon Lise
Portrait of a Lady – Poetry by Karen Mandell
A Simple Poem for Ahmed Al-Jamili – Poetry by C.C. Russell


Best of Net (work published between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020)

Zucchini BreadEssay by Erica Goss
A Personal Ad Unanswered for Twenty Years – Essay by Rachel Rear

Installation – Poetry by C.C. Russell
Planetary Differentiation – Poetry Megan Freeman
The Geometry of Love – Poetry by Diane Callahan
Cooking My Country – Poetry by Othuke Isaac Umukoro
Eulogy for ArrivalPoetry by Rae Rozman
The Jewelry I Wear – Poetry by Clara Rempe

The Stupid Smart GirlFiction by Monica Wang
A Shiny Little Blue World– Fiction by Dan Crawley



Best Small Fictions Anthology by Sonder Press

Cocktail Times by Mileva Anastasiadou
They Dance and Beckon by Sudha Balagopal
Rooms by Stephanie Hartley
Growing Pains by Claire Polders
A Bouquet of Stars by Cathy Ulrich


Pushcart Prize

They Dance and Beckon – Fiction by Sudha Balagopal

The Sparrow’s Song – Essay by Andrea Lani

A Plague of Light – Poetry by Charles Brice
Long Triangle Sonnet – Poetry by Kevin Casey
Not Now, But Forever – Poetry by Olga Dugan
Branch Point Fridays – Poetry by Terri Kirby Erickson


Best of Net (work published between July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019).

Dear Maddy – Essay by Jacqueline Doyle
A Lesson in Forgiveness (Or Gardening with My Rapist) – Essay by Loren Kleinman

Where the Well Was – 2017 Poetry by L. Shapley Bassen
Inside – Poetry by Cady Burkhart
We Don’t Need These Great Big Clocks – Poetry by Shannon Lise
The Electrician’s Office – Poetry by C.L. Nehmer
A Simple Poem for Ahmed Al-Jumaili – Poetry by C.C. Russell
Walnuts – Poetry by Ian Stuart

A Bouquet of Stars – Fiction by Cathy Ulrich
Memorial of Imaginary Lines – Fiction by Sabrina Hicks




Best of Net (work published between July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018)

Body of Friendship, or Another Piece on Love – Essay by Jennifer Fliss
Mimi’s Mattress – Essay by David Nilsen
mister lonely – Poetry by Kara Bachman
A Plague of Light – Poetry by Charles Brice
Fair Trade – Poetry by Olga Dugan
Ode to Plum Jam – Poetry by Yoni Hammer-Kossoy
Shuttle Express – Poetry by David Mohan
Making Alfredo – Poetry by Julianne Palumbo
Wellcome – Fiction by Chellis Ying
The Mick– Fiction by Steve Passey