1) Quarterly West is happy to announce our Pushcart nominees for 2015:

Elisa Karbin‘s “Rebellion”
Alex Chertok‘s “Rebody it forth”
Dong Li‘s “from ocean or tree”
Anna Gazmarian‘s “Interview with Manoushag Paulian Boyajian”
Kate Elizabeth Russell‘s “Loup”

Congratulations to all the nominees, and best of luck!

2) We have a winner! Judge Lily Hoang has selected Mark Baumer’s Holiday Meat as the winner of the 2015 novella contest. Read more about Mark and Holiday Meat here.

3)You can now donate to QW here.

4)We are now selling a selection of our back issues for your vintage pleasure. Click here to browse.

5) You can now buy your very own copy of the winner of the 2014 novella contest, Nathan Poole’s Pathkiller as the Holy Ghost, here.


Benjamin Percy says “Pathkiller as the Holy Ghost does not fetishize the past—and so make it feel forged—but instead captures it with naturalism and authenticity that sink the reader back in time. Every page I found myself pausing to marvel at some lovely detail or read again a cleanly hewn sentence. The rough, tender characters came alive for me so completely that I will wonder about them for a long time. This is an impressively talented writer who belongs in the good company of Ron Rash and Philip Meyer.”

Nathan Poole’s debut story collection, Father Brother Keeper, was awarded the 2013 Mary McCarthy Prize by Edith Pearlman and will be published in 2015 by Sarabande. He is a recipient of the Narrative Prize, a Milton Fellowship, and a Joan Beebe Fellowship at Warren Wilson College. His work has appeared in various journals, including Narrative Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, The Kenyon Review Online, The Chattahoochee Review, The Four Way Review, Image, Drum Lit Mag, Nat.Brut.Quarterly, and Pacifica Literary Review. He holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. He is from Columbia, South Carolina.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest for their patience and for supporting the journal.

The 2014 Quarterly West Novella Contest finalists were:

  1. Road Trip by Lynette D’Amico
  2. Hidden by Batya Casper
  3. An Unimportant Boy by Ted Chiles
  4. The Slush Pile by William Nixon
  5. They Had Their Man for Breakfast by Darrell Spencer
  6. The Island of Pete by Jacob White

We are still selling the 2013 winning novella, Sandy Downs, by Tim Wirkus. Check out what Michael Martone has to say about Tim’s novella, and buy it here.