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Ninth Letter

About Ninth Letter: Ninth Letter is a journal of art and literature featuring a wide range of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art in various media.

Contact Information:

Dept. of English, Univ. of Illinois

608 S. Wright St.

Urbana, IL  61801

Phone: (217) 244-3145



Submission/Subscription Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 9/1-2/28 Response time: 6-8 weeks Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes (see website) ISSN: 1547-8440 Founded: 2003 Issues per year: 2 Distributors: Ingram Periodicals, Ubiquity Average pages: 200 Sample copy (postpaid): $9.95 Cover Price: $14.95 Subscription: $21.95

Publisher’s Description: Ninth Letter is a collaboration between the MFA in Creative Writing Program and the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Edited and produced by faculty and students of these programs, Ninth Letter offers new literary writing of the highest quality illuminated by cutting edge graphic design. Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in the spring and fall and accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in both traditional and experimental formats. Writing originally publishing in Ninth Letter has been reprinted in several awards anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, Best Creative Nonfiction, Best New Fantasy, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and Best New Poets. The recipient of several major awards for graphic design, Ninth Letter was also named Best New Literary Journal in 2005 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

Recent issues:

The Spring/Summer 2014 issue features fiction—Nick Potter’s “Irregular Limbs,” Adam McOmber’s “Metempsychosis,” Rachel Cantor’s “Everyone’s a Poet,” Andrew McKernan’s “Water,” Jac Jemc’s “Strange loop,” Pablo Piñero Stillmann’s “Letter to a Young Performer,” and Brian Allen Carr’s “We All Become Something”—nonfiction by Barret Swanson, Jen Hirt, and Matthew Gavin Frank; interviews with Katherine Vaz and Brian Allen Carr; poetry by Lauren Clark, Christopher Citro, Jamaal May, Dan Kaplan, G.B. Ryan, Chloe Krug Benjamin, Eileen G’Sell, David Wyatt, Kathy Fargan, and Ladan Osman; and more!

The Fall/Winter 2013-2014 issue features work by Mattias Adolfsson, Robyn Carter, Zoey Farber, Stephen Frech, Eleanor Goodman, Amelia Gray, Nalini Jones, Christopher Kempf, Robyn Joy Leff, Michael Leone, Ariel Lewiton, Caitlin O’Neil, Olga Nikolova, Adam Peterson, Ben Pond, Jessamyn Schnackenberg, Nathan Slinker, Brian Sneeden, Nance Van Winckel, R. A. Villanueva, Mark Wagenaar, Shen Wei, David Welch, Patrick Whitfill, Jessica Wilbanks, Colin Winnette, Angela Woodward, and Krasimira Zafirova.

This Spring/Summer 2013 issue marks the tenth volume year and features work by Brian Barker, Anne Barngrover, Amy Bernhard, Hannah Brooks-Motl, Geri Doran, Kathy Fagan, Tarfia Faizullah, Matthew Gavin Frank, Brandi George, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Lois Marie Harrod, Miriam Kienle, Kirsty Logan, Thomas H. McNeely, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Lydia Melby, Titi Nguyen, Masin Persina, Shelley Puhak, Dean Rader, Daniel Shea, Daniel Story, Brian Trapp, Anne Valente, and Bob Warner.


last updated 6/2/2014