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The Gettysburg Review


31 December 2017

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The Winter 2017 edition is out and, if you don’t already subscribe, available for purchase right here in our online Store in both print and digital formats, so no excuses. 

The Winter issue features mixed media by Jonathan Laurence, fiction by Janice Obuchowski, Phillip Scott Mandel, Elise Levine, Craig Bernardini, and Grant Faulkner, essays by Chad Davidson and Jane Marcellus, and poetry by Mark Kraushaar, Frank Paino, Derek Sheffield, Alice Friman, Carol Ann Davis, Kara van de Graaf, William Wenthe, George Looney, Christopher Buckley, Christopher Crew, Jennifer Maier, Hailey Leithauser, Maurya Simon, Dick Allen, Molly Spencer, Alan Soldofsky, and Robert Cording.



Twitter Six-Word Story Contest

As you may have heard, the Gettysburg Review recently hosted a six-word story contest on Twitter, judged by contributor, Lynda Sexson, whose essay, "The Infant Shoes of Polonius" can be found in our most recent issue, Summer 2017. Below are the winners with Sexson's comments, and the prizes they've won.

First Place: "Dad died, took us with him." —Ben Streeter, Twitter handle @BenMStreeter (3-year Subscription + Free T-shirt)

Comments: "The first-prize winner is an evocative novel. In one sense, it sets us up for ruminations on family dynamics—still being played out even as one of the players is played out. In another, the irony is a genius twenty-first century retelling of the Socratic All men are mortal. Or it reverses 'you can’t take it with you' with extreme irony. But I like to read it as an elegant compression of grieving."

Second Place: "We kept the letters, as ashes." —Dawn, Twitter handle @Dawn_Seabrook (2-year Subscription + Free T-shirt)

Comments: "The beginning effect of this is a laugh-out-loud surprise, which melts into an unsettling invitation to a myriad of narratives."

Third Place: "Funny how a buffoon killed democracy." —Jason Dennis, Twitter handle @JasonSDennis (1-year Subscription + Free T-shirt)

Comments: "The word 'funny' wobbles toward grief. Everyone in America seems to be pretending to be reading a novel in order to get through the pain of daily news assaults. I compliment my beloved on the audacity of his page turner: Kislyak in the Oval Office, Spicer in the bushes, members of Congress in Putin’s pocket. Recently Rachel Maddow said that the pretend novel would have ended with Donald Jr’s revelation of the June 6 meeting. But more and more characters keep getting stuffed into the meeting. This 6-word winner alludes to the buffoon dressed in his amorphous black jacket and excessively long red tie, which is like the jester’s cap and bell, the deflated, anti-phallus. This story reminds me of Emmett Kelly trying to sweep up the pool of light."

Fourth Place: "Look, Dad, all A's! Keys please?" —Aaron Heil, Twitter handle @AaronJamHeil (Summer 2017 + Free T-shirt)

Comments: "I can’t believe we’ve got a big winner that uses an exclamation point! The speaker’s exuberance is countered by the silent dad! The story actually focuses on the person who is not speaking and seems invisible! This story’s got it all! Characters! Comedy! Or maybe I’ve got it wrong . . . Deception! Impulsiveness! Crash!"

Pushcart Prize XLII Awards

We are thrilled and honored to have four pieces originally featured in the Gettysburg Review published in the upcoming Pushcart Prize XLII anthology. To the writers below, congratulations, and thank you for thinking of us as a good home for your work.

“Weekend Trip,” by Anne Ray (Summer 2016)
How to Shoot at Someone Who Outdrew You, by David Meischen (Autumn 2016)
The Future Consequences of Present Actions, by Allegra Hyde (Spring 2016)
Michaux State Forest, New Years, by Christopher Kempf (Summer 2016)

Pushcart Prize XLII Nominees

Join us in congratulating this years Pushcart nominees:

Deer Season, by Liza Cochran (Summer 2016)
How to Shoot at Someone Who Outdrew You, by David Meischen (Autumn 2016)
The Black Winter of New England, by Lydia Conklin (Autumn 2016)
No One Here Will Save You, by Julian Zabalbeascoa (Winter 2016)
Making History, by Susanna Brougham (Autumn 2016)
My Hamartia by Carol Ann Davis (Winter 2016)
Locking Up at Night, by Kathryn Starbuck (Winter 2016)
“Weekend Trip, by Anne Ray (Summer 2016)
For Miriam, Who Hears Voices, by Linda Pastan (Spring 2016)
Doors, by Lance Larsen (Spring 2016)
June in Eden, by Rosalie Moffett (Autumn 2016)
The Barons, by Emily Nemens (Autumn 2016)
The Future of Loneliness, by Brian Barker (Winter 2016)
The Engagement Ring and "Once Upon a Time, by Alice Friman (Autumn 2016)
Madwoman Apocrypha, by Shara McCallum (Summer 2016)
Termites, by Sarah Blackman (Winter 2016)
Give the Lady What She Wants, by Leslie Pietrzyk (Summer 2016)
Learning about Now, by Kent Nelson (Winter 2016)
Neck of the Woods, From Whatever House Had Been My Sisters, The Baby, Funny, Ha-Ha?”, and Yes and No, by Nance Van Winckel   (Autumn 2016)
Michaux State Forest, New Years, by Christopher Kempf (Summer 2016)
Projectile Point on Timber Ridge, by R. T. Smith (Autumn 2016)
Where the Killdeer Lies, by Alice Stinetorf (Autumn 2016)
The Future Consequences of Present Actions, by Allegra Hyde (Spring 2016)
You Are Here, by Victoria Lancelotta (Summer 2016)
Pumpkin Rabbit, by John Bensko (Winter 2016)
The Strange Case of Arthur Silz, by Peter Selgin (Winter 2016)

The Best American Poetry: Michelle Boisseau’s “Ugglig,” which first appeared in our Summer 2015 issue, has been selected by Edward Hirsch for inclusion in the 2016 edition of this esteemed anthology.

Digital Edition
: In case you didn’t get the memo, the Gettysburg Review is now available digitally in three formats: ePDF, which replicates the print version, ePub, and Mobipocket. The latter two are “reflowable” formats for use on e-readers and Kindle devices. You can purchase single copies and digital subscriptions at our Online Shop, but you can also find digital copies at 0s&1s. Please, check it out and spread the word. And to those of you who are print loyal, don’t worry: we will continue to be primarily a print publication.

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