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21 features great poems, short stories, essays, and the feature, “The Villains of Poetry.” Order it here.

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  • Eleanor Wilner's “To Think of How Cold” from NOR 17 is featured in Best American Poetry 2016.

  • 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.

  • Jackie Craven was recently selected by Kate Bernheimer as the Omnidawn 2014 Fabulist Fiction Prize Winner! Craven's poetry can be found in NOR 18.

  • David Brendan Hopes's poem “Certain Things” was recently featured on Poetry Daily.
  • 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.

  • Lloyd Schwartz's “In Flight” from NOR 17 was recently featured on Poetry Daily.

  • Lawrence Raab's feature essay “Should Poems Tell the Truth?” from issue NOR 16 was recently featured on the Poetry Daily website.

  • John Bargowski's “Activity Room” from NOR 16 was also featured on the Poetry Daily website.

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

2016 Contest Winners

Fiction Prize, selected by Charles Johnson

“Audition,” by Leslie Rodd

Nonfiction Prize, selected by Elena Passarello

“A Creature, Stirring,” by Gail Griffin

Poetry Prize, selected by Tony Hoagland

“Henry's Horses,” “The Pale Man,” and “The Boy on the Ridge” by Michael Pearce


Featured NOR Audio

Erica Dawson

Kevin Prufer

Denise Duhamel

Tarfia Faizullah

Joseph Scapellato

Cecilia Pinto

James Davis May

William Lychack

Julia Jackson

Stephen Dunn