The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses is both a literary award, and a "best of" anthology that honors short fiction published by literary magazines and small presses. We are proud to announce our picks from the three anthologies World Weaver Press published this year. Best of luck to the authors, and we hope to see your names in the final Pushcart Prize anthology table of contents! Below are the six stories we picked this year, along with a brief excerpt from each.
"We Are Sirens" by L.S. Johnson, from Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish
“One More Song” by Eliza Chan, from Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish
Mira had vowed she was done with all that. It was dangerous work, and those who came pleading to her door rarely had the money to pay. Shell necklaces and a side of salmon didn’t keep the landlord from yelling obscenities about stinking fish wasting his time. Even a submerged studio apartment caked in coral cost more than she was bringing in these days.
“Homecoming” by Tabitha Lord, from Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish
When I am certain he is no longer in my house, I slam the salon door so hard that I rattle my own teeth, and then I lock it shut. My hands shake as I stare at the mess of yarn by my feet. I pace the room, clenching and unclenching my fists. I am furious, and now I am also desperate. My plan, carefully laid with Eurykleia’s help, has failed. Antinous will force my hand and make me choose a husband from this self-serving, insolent band.
“Villainess Ascending” by Steven Grimm, from He Sees You When He’s Creepin’: Tales of Krampus, edited by Kate Wolford
“John Knocking” by Kristina Wojtaszek, from Speculative Story Bites, edited by Sarena Ulibarri
“The Legacy of the Butterfly King” by Anya J. Davis, from Speculative Story Bites, edited by Sarena Ulibarri
Dust dances in the shaft of sunlight that slices the room full of dead things. A floorboard groans under well-worn loafers, snapping the sullen teenager out of his trance. Iris watches his top lip twitch, his father’s movement at the bookcase deemed unworthy of even a scowl. He focuses on his phone again, ignoring his mother, who peers at the cases above the mahogany desk. Iris inches over to her, twenty-five years of practice informing her approach.
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