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Announcing the Torch Literary Arts Nominations for the Pushcart Prize

The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is considered one of the most important publishing projects in American history (Publishers Weekly). Learn more about the prize here.

We are thrilled to announce the following TORCH nominees:


“swole” by Dana Tenille Weekes

by Zoë Gadegbeku

by Kameryn Alexa Carter


“But Did You Die?” by Shinelle L. Espaillat

“Never Not Broken” by Clynthia Burton Graham


Torch Literary Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established to publish and promote creative writing by Black women. We publish contemporary writing by experienced and emerging writers alike. TORCH has featured work by Toi Derricotte, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Elizabeth Alexander, and others. Programs include the Wildfire Reading Series, writing workshops, and retreats.


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