Pushcart Prize update, what’s up with the slush, fall event

March 11, 2022

Each year, The Fabulist submits a selection of stories to the Pushcart Prize nominating committee for inclusion in their annual Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Press anthology.

This year marks a first for us, as one of our selections — Rin Kelly’s “Wax Works” — was formally nominated by the Pushcart Prize Board of Contributing Editors for the 47th edition of their anthology.

It is a bittersweet nomination, as we lost Rin on November 7, 2020. Today, through the efforts of her family and advocates, her short fiction is being published in journals around the United States, and her first (and final) novel is in an editorial process for submission to agents and publishers.

You can read more about Rin in an appreciation by San Francisco writer Jenny Bitner.


We have about two dozen manuscripts left in the slush pile from our most recent call for short fiction. Upon completing this first review, we will begin an editorial process with the authors of the initial set of works selected, and schedule publication.

We’ll also return to our longlist of second reads, to make final decisions on outstanding manuscripts that still are awaiting review by our editors.

To all those who submitted work, we thank you, as always, for your patience.


Just a quick note to let you all know that planning is now underway for the first-ever Confabulist Convergence! We are in the process of finalizing a date in September, and have identified a venue in San Francisco’s Mission District. The Convergence will include live programming, a live stream, and a virtual panel.

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