The Idaho Review, the annual literary journal of Boise State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, has won two Pushcart Prizes for 2022. The winning stories were “Slut Days” by Sanam Mahloudji and “Ambivalence” by Victoria Lancelotta. Both stories originally appeared in the nineteenth issue of The Idaho Review.
The Pushcart Prize, an anthology that reprints the best literary work published in a given year, is considered one of the most important literary accolades in America. In its history, The Idaho Review has won seven Pushcart Prizes.
“This kind of news never gets less exciting,” said Professor Mitch Wieland, founding editor of The Idaho Review and faculty member in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. “There are several thousand stories published each year in the United States. To be among the top stories is a great honor.”
Wieland started the journal at Boise State in 1998 and continues to serve as its editor-in-chief. The Idaho Review is edited and produced by Wieland and fellow MFA faculty member Brady Udall. MFA students in Wieland’s graduate publishing and editing course help select the stories, poems, and essays for the journal, and assist in editing and proofreading the issue.
Stories from The Idaho Review have been regularly selected for The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South, and Best of the West. Past contributors include Joy Williams, T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Andrea Barrett, and Ann Beattie.
The Idaho Review originally published the first work of bestselling authors, Jennifer Haigh and Ben Percy. The journal published four of the stories from Edith Pearlman’s collection, Binocular Vision, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012. It published the title story to Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s debut collection, Sabrina and Corina, winner of the American Book Award in 2019 and a finalist for the National Book Award, the Story Prize, and the PEN/Bingham Prize. The Idaho Review also published five stories from Rick Bass’s collected stories, In a Little While, winner of the Story Prize in 2017.
The publication date for the new issue of The Idaho Review is June 1.
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