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Here are the finalists for CLMP’s Firecracker Awards (or, a perfect indie reading list).

Katie Yee

May 18, 2022, 11:38am

This is the eighth year that the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses is celebrating indie publishing with the Firecracker Awards—and the first year that it’s giving award recipients a cash prize! Each winner in the books category will receive $1,000 for the press and $1,000 for the author/translator; winners in the magazine category will also receive $1,000.

They have also announced the recipient of this year’s Lord Nose Award (given to an individual who has demonstrated a lifetime of incredible dedication to indie publishing). Give it up for Bradford Morrow, editor of the much-loved Conjunctions—which is NOT shutting down!

At a virtual ceremony on June 23, Bradford Morrow will be presented with the award, and the winners will be announced. Mark your calendars.

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FICTION

Ethan Rutherford, Farthest South and Other Stories
(A Strange Object)

Kate Cayley, Householders
(Biblioasis)

Khadija Abdalla Bajaber, The House of Rust: A Novel
(Graywolf)

Celeste Mohammed, Pleasantview
(Ig Publishing)

Percival Everett, The Trees: A Novel
(Graywolf)

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CREATIVE NONFICTION

Victoria Chang, Dear Memory: Letters on Writing Silence, and Grief
(Milkweed Editions)

Caseen Gaines, Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way
(Sourcebooks)

Mariana Oliver, tr. Julia Sanches, Migratory Birds
(Transit Books)

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Names for Light: A Family History
(Graywolf)

Allison Cobb, Plastic: An Autobiography
(Nightboat)

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POETRY

Truong Tran, book of the other: small in comparison
(Kaya Press)

Divya Victor, CURB
(Nightboat Books)

Therese Estacion, Phantompains
(Book*hug Press)

Jennifer Jackson Berry, To Know Crush
(YesYes Books)

Sophia Terazawa, Winter Phoenix: Testimonies in Verse
(Deep Vellum)

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MAGAZINES (BEST DEBUT)

Brink

Inverted Syntax

Islandia Journal

Nowruz Journal

SISTORIES

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MAGAZINES (GENERAL EXCELLENCE)

The American Poetry Review

Bellevue Literary Review

Chicago Review

The Evergreen Review

Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora

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