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The Pushcart Prize was named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly.

Winner of the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award.

A New York Times
Book Review
notable book
of the year.

A Book of the Month Club selection.

Winner of the
Publishers Weekly Carey Thomas Award for Creative Publishing.

Awarded the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble "Writers for Writers" prize.


How has this series, published from an 8' x 8' backyard shack and staffed by hundreds of unpaid volunteers across the country, survived and thrived for decades?

The commercial world informs us that this is an impossible dream. Oligarchs pick our entertainments, our celebrities, our presidents and our wars. We children of the spirit are yesterday's news, if we ever were news.

"Yet the Pushcart Prize, the small presses and authors we honor, have flourished. The reason? Spirit will never be quelled, certainly not by big bucks and bluster. Each edition of the Pushcart Prize is evidence of this. Many new presses and dozens of new authors emerge annually and are honored in classrooms, bookstores and libraries around the world. And so the Pushcart Prize has been renewed since our first edition in 1976. We celebrate this renewal every year. This is our joy."

Bill Henderson
Publisher, Editor


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