Announcing WLT’s 2023 Pushcart Prize Nominees

December 12, 2023

A photograph of a blue sky with a denuded tree in the bottom left hand cornerAs World Literature Today’s ninety-seventh year of continuous publication comes to a close, the editors are delighted to announce WLT’s shortlist of Pushcart nominees for 2023. Pushcart Prize XLXIX will honor the best poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays published by small-press magazines and book publishers. This year, WLT’s six nominees include: 



Congratulations to our nominated writers and translators! This is just a sampling of WLT’s fabulous content from the past year—as always, choosing from more than two hundred contributors, both print and online, reminds us that all of the stellar work appearing in our pages contributes to expanding the map of the Republic of Letters. 

As the year comes to a close, Michelle Johnson, Rob Vollmar, and I would like to thank the many writers, translators, reviewers, artists, contributing editors, board members, University of Oklahoma colleagues and students, and readers who make World Literature Today an indispensable voice in the conversation about international literature and culture—thank you for your support. We feel humbled and privileged to share this work with our readers, and we look forward to showcasing many new international literary voices in 2024. 

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Photo by Alba Simon

Daniel Simon is a poet, essayist, translator, and WLT’s assistant director and editor in chief. His 2017 edited volume, Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, won a 2018 Nebraska Book Award. His most recent edited collection, Dispatches from the Republic of Letters: 50 Years of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (Deep Vellum/Phoneme, 2020), was a Publishers Weekly starred pick. Under a Gathering Sky, his third book of poems, is forthcoming from SFA Press in spring 2024.