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22 features great poems, short stories, essays, and the feature, “Of Essays and Exes.” Order it here.

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  • "The Present" by Billy Collins and "Certain Things" by David Brendan Hopes (both from NOR 22) were featured in Best American Poetry 2017.

  • NOR 22 and Michael Lavers's poem "The Burden of Humans" was featured on the Website Poetry Daily.
  • Krista Christensen's "Etymologies," from NOR 19, was listed in the Notable section of Best American Essays 2017.

  • Eleanor Wilner's "To Think of How Cold," from NOR 17, was listed in the Notable section of Best American Essays 2017.

  • Julie Henson’s “Sisters Peeling” and Tamie Parker Song’s “Manhandled” were listed as Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2016. That’s every essay that was published in NOR 18!

  • Miles Harvey's “At the Grave of Sadie Thorpe” received a Notable Essays citation in Best American Essays 2015. Find his nonfiction essay in NOR 15.

  • Sherman Alexie selected Bethany Schultz Hurst's “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Issues 1-12” from NOR 16 for inclusion in Best American Poetry edition 2015.

  • T.C. Boyle selected Kevin Canty's “Happy Endings” from NOR 15 for the Best American Short Stories 2015.

So I'm learning to squeeze a little discipline
From the porous emotions, though they're prone to go berserk,
Like weasels on a trapeze.

Elton Glaser, “Aftermath in Brine” from Issue 15

2017 Contest Winners

Fiction Prize, selected by Colm Toibin

“Clean For Him the Ashes,” by David E. Yee

Nonfiction Prize, selected by Phillip Lopate

“Sometimes the Mother Eats Her Young,” by Rachel Cochran

Poetry Prize, selected by Rosanna Warren

“Where the Stars Are Hived,” and “Convocation” by James Lineberger


Featured NOR Audio

Erica Dawson

Kevin Prufer

Denise Duhamel

Tarfia Faizullah

Joseph Scapellato

Cecilia Pinto

James Davis May

William Lychack

Julia Jackson

Stephen Dunn