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New Letters Wins Pushcart Prize for Fiction

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New Letters, the quarterly literary magazine based at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has garnered another prestigious literary award.

By Laura Spencer

Kansas City, MO – The story "Progressive Dinner" by fiction writer John Barth, published in New Letters (winter 2007), has been selected for a Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. The Pushcart honors the best poetry, short fiction, and essays published in small presses over the previous year.

Barth's story, "Progressive Dinner," is part of a series in progress about a fictional gated community in Maryland's Eastern Shore. It will appear in the 2009 edition of the Best of the Small Presses anthology, published each year since 1976.

New Letters received 15 Pushcart Prize nominations for 2007, including a poem by Michelle Boisseau, professor of English language and literature at UMKC, and an interview by Angela Elam, assistant professor for communication studies at UMKC and producer of New Letters on the Air.

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