Best American Recognizes MR Essays and Fiction


We are proud to announce that 2015's Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays have recognized work by MR contributors.

The following works were named "Notable Essays of Literary Nonfiction":

  • Roger Atwood, “Searching for a Head in Nigeria” (Volume 55, Issue 3, Fall 2014)
  • Khaled Mattawa, “Separation: A Libya Memoir” (Volume 55, Issue 4, Winter 2014)
  • Peggy O’Brien, “Telling the Time with Emily Dickinson” (Volume 55, Issue 3, Fall 2014)
  • Douglass Whynott, “The Extent of the Shock is Equal to the Rate of the Flow” (Volume 55, Issue 1, Spring 2014)

Congratulations to Valerie Martin, whose “The Incident at Villedeau” was named a "Distinguished Story."

Martin's story and Whynott’s essay originally appeared in our special issue Celebrating 50 Years of The Master of Fine Arts for Poets and Writers, which was named a "Notable Special Issue" by Best American Essays.