Congratulations and best of luck to our nominees for the 2012 Pushcart Prize:

"The Last Stop" a story by Mark Conkling from issue #7, Winter 2011.
"Vespers" a poem by Jenna Le from issue #7, Winter 2011.
"Skin Tight" a story by Richard Schmitt from issue #7, Winter 2011.
"What They Wouldn't Give Me as a Child," a poem by Suellen Wedmore from issue #7, Winter 2011.
"Sought" non-fiction by J. E. Robinson from issue #7, Winter 2011.
"Auction" a story by Katherine Schaefer from issue #7, Winter 2011.

2012 Pushcart Prize

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Congratulations to Susan Lilley! Her poem "Swing" (from Issue Five) has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Pushcart's contributing editors. This nomination is in addition to the six made by our own editors (listed farther down on this page).

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Congratulations to our 2011 Pushcart Prize Nominees:

"Hadamard’s Billiards" a story by Stephen Graf from issue #5.
"The Flower of Summer" a story by Caitlin Militello from issue #5.
"Egg Toss" a poem by B. J. Best from issue #5.
"Second Skin" an essay by Liz Prato from issue #6.
"Forgive Us Our Trespasses" a story by Stephanie Gayle from #6.
"Normal" a poem by Susan Maurer from issue #6.

Pushcart Prize 2011

Congratulations to René Georg Vasicek, whose nonfiction piece "Get a Grip" has been chosen as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2010 by series editor Robert Atwan. This year's volume is edited by Christopher Hitchens. "Get a Grip" was first published in Minnetonka Review Issue Three.

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Congratulations to Keith Demanche for being named an Honorable Mention for The Best Horror of the Year 2009 by Ellen Datlow! (See News for more details)

Congratulations to Chip Cheek for his Pushcart Prize Nomination!

Pushcart Prize nominees selected (see News page for more info).

Congratulations to Amy Kolen for having "Moenkopi Dance" selected as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2009 by series editor Robert Atwan. The essay was first published in Minnetonka Review Issue Two.

"Rock Dust" by Stan Badgett, published in Issue Two appears in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (W.W. Norton July 2009), available at bookstores and Creative Nonfiction.

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Through the far-resounding forest,
Through the forest vast and vacant
Rang that cry of desolation,
But there came no other answer
Than the echo of his crying,
Than the echo of the woodlands,
"Minnehaha! Minnehaha!"
All day long roved Hiawatha
In that melancholy forest,
Through the shadow of whose thickets,
In the pleasant days of Summer,
Of that ne'er forgotten Summer,
He had brought his young wife homeward
From the land of the Dacotahs;
When the birds sang in the thickets,
And the streamlets laughed and glistened,
And the air was full of fragrance,
And the lovely Laughing Water
Said with voice that did not tremble,
"I will follow you, my husband!"
In the wigwam with Nokomis,
With those gloomy guests that watched her,
With the Famine and the Fever,
She was lying, the Beloved,
She, the dying Minnehaha.
"Hark!" she said; "I hear a rushing,
Hear a roaring and a rushing,
Hear the Falls of Minnehaha
Calling to me from a distance!"

  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
an excerpt from 
"The Song of Hiawatha"

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