2023 Pushcart Prize Nominations

The Worcester Review is delighted to announce its 2023 nominations for the Pushcart Prize, all of which appear in Volume 44.


“Connective Tissue” by Rae Gouirand

“rabbit” by Kathleen Hellen

“curriculum development” by Matthew E. Henry

“unplug the microwave” by Arnisha Royston

2022 Pushcart Prize Nominations

The Worcester Review is delighted to announce its 2022 nominations for the Pushcart Prize, all of which appear in Volume 43.


“Prayer, Peach” by Rose Maria Woodson

from Gato Barbieri: A Sequence: “[gato b. on antarctic science]” by JD Debris

“Failed Elegy” by Emma Bolden

“Vermödalen” by Devon Miller-Duggan


“Considerations for Bringing Mom to Group Therapy” by Lucy Zhang

“Chrysalis” by Katherine Tunning

2021 Pushcart Prize Nominations

The Worcester Review is pleased to announce this year’s nominations for the Pushcart Prize:


  • “Indelible in the Hippocampus” by R.J. Lambert
  • “Late Service” by Margaret Lloyd
  • “She Was All We Knew c. 1968” by Ellen June Wright
  • “Memento Vivere” by Jane Zwart


  • “Motherlode” by Catherine Dupree
  • “I Lived on the Mountain, and I Was Happy” by Casey McConahay

2017 Pushcart Nominees

Congratulations to this year’s Pushcart Prize Nominees in the order in which they appear in this year’s edition, Volume XXXVIII:

  • Polly Brown, “Richard and the Blue Boat”
  • Claire Mowbray Golding, “Nameless”
  • Nicholas McCarthy, “Paterfamilias”
  • Jennifer L. Freed, “Cleaning the Bathroom”
  • James K. Zimmerman, “Hart Island”
  • Michael R. Schrimper, “Chinese Dream”

Best of luck to all our nominees!

2016 Pushcart Prize Nominees

The Worcester Review has selected its 2016 Pushcart Prize Nominees.&

In no particular order, the nominees are:

  • Karen Sharpe, “Neutrals”
  • Henry Walters, “Milkman”
  • Renee Bibby, “Than All the Treasures”
  • Heather Treseler, “Voyeur in June”
  • Judy Kaber, “Elvers”
  • Hu Xian / Zhang Ziqing / Rodger Martin, “Chinese Wolfberry”

Best of luck to all our nominees!

Pushcart Nominees

With no further ado, may I announce the 2015 Pushcart Nominees from The Worcester Review!


  • Polly Brown, “Mike Talks to Abe”
  • James McKee, “Home”
  • Jon Volkmer, “Vigil”
  • Len Krisak, “Verona: Sonnet #2”


  • Jarrett Kaufman, “The Son”

Congratulations and good luck to all!

Pushcart Prize XL Nominees

Each year, editors of literary magazines are invited to nominate up to six selections published in that calendar year for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses anthology. This year, the Pushcart Prize celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The Worcester Review has nominated the following pieces from Volume 35 (2014):

Pushcart Nominees

Congratulations to the 2013 Pushcart Nominees from Volume XXXIV of The Worcester Review.

In order of appearance in The Review:

  • “Gutting” by Colin Dekkeersgieter
  • “The Fishing Village” by Dmitry Berenson
  • “Essay Questions” by Kelley Jean White
  • “In the Truck” by Fred Yannantuono
  • “Cool Jazz” by Fern G. Z. Carr

Best of luck to all nominees!

Congratulations Pushcart Prize Nominees

This year’s Pushcart Prize nominees from The Worcester Review are:


  • “Because” by Rafaella Del Bourgo
  • “In Velvet” by Marian Willmott
  • “To Vocabulary” by Alan Feldman
  • “You Go Now” by Larsen Bowker
  • “Gingkoes” by Yusef Komunyakaa


  • “When the Aliens Come Back” by Timothy Mudie

Congratulations to all nominees, and best of luck!