Poets & Writers

Every year I get different literary journals and magazines. I’m not a big subscriber. One or two a year. I want to support literary journals, but frankly, on a writer’s salary, I’m pretty picky about what I choose. I’ve gotten Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, Creative Nonfiction, Writer’s Chronicle, Image Journal, River Teeth, The Sun. But no matter what I’ve ordered for as long as I can remember I have always gotten Poets & Writers. Every year. I read it cover to cover. It’s my go-to gold standard in the writing industry.

P&W has a section called Recent Winners. This issue, March/April 2015, my name is there. It’s not new news. But the fact that I am there in P & W (Did I tell you how much I love P&W?) IS news. I open the magazine up and read, ” Autumn House Press Literary Prizes: Jill Kandel of Moorhead, Minnesota, won the third annual nonfiction prize for her memoir, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village.”

Seeing it there, in P&W is kind of crazy. It makes everything feel real. And today … well, today … I’m just happy.

Jill Kandel
jill.kandel@gmail.com
3 Comments
  • Kenya Paradis
    Posted at 10:16h, 25 February Reply

    Beautiful, Jill. Absolutely awesome.

  • Jill Kandel
    Posted at 11:17h, 25 February Reply

    Thank you, Kendra! Nice to hear from you again. Hope you are well!

  • Gianna
    Posted at 10:11h, 26 February Reply

    I took that magazine out of my stack (Yus. And thanks for the stack, btw. It keeps growing.) and underlined that fabulous, overwhelming little bit and cornered down the page and wrote us a note there and now it’s stayin’ face up apart from the rest of them becase.

    So yep. Because you’re awesome.

    Actually I never thought of that before but awesome is a pretty great word for you. Keep it, ya?

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