June 22, 2022

Conjunctions, Bard College’s Literary Magazine, Wins Prestigious Whiting Literary Prize

conjunctionsthe renowned literary magazine published by Bard College, has received a 2020 Whiting Literary Magazine Award. Since 2018, a total of 13 literary magazines have won this award for excellence in publishing, writer advocacy, and unique contribution to the strength of the literary community as a whole. conjunctions has propelled literature for four decades by publishing groundbreaking fiction, poetry, plays and creative non-fiction that combine visionary imagination with formally innovative execution. Each issue sheds light on a complex theme – like exile, desire, the body or climate change – in a book-length format that gives space to time-consuming work and a multitude of perspectives. From his home at Bard College, conjunctions and its founding editor, Bradford Morrow, have been recognized for building up both new writers and contemporary masters who defy convention.

“Each number of conjunctions is a feat of curatorial invention, continuing the modernist project of dense, economical writing, formal innovation, and openness to history and the world,” commented Judges Whiting. “Its longevity testifies to its cultural durability. Organized around a unifying idea, each issue brings together the work of storytellers and scholars to create a fluid and expansive investigation into our most pressing human concerns.

“The 2020 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize could not have come at a more meaningful time for conjunctionswhich will celebrate its fortieth anniversary next year,” said Bradford Morrow, editor of conjunctions and professor of literature at Bard. “The pandemic has imposed unprecedented challenges on all of us, including literary journals and writers, and thanks to the Whiting Foundation, conjunctions will be able to continue publishing our print and online journals without interruption. This grant will allow us to broaden and deepen our ongoing search for innovative poetry, fiction, essays, and multi-genre works by those who write without fear, and greatly enhance our outreach to those who, like us at conjunctions like saying, read dangerously.

Morrow especially thanked those who supported conjunctions‘ Whiting request. “I also want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our former editor, Nicole Nyhan, for all her hard work on the Whiting Foundation application,” he said. “And to the three writers who will remain anonymous, my thanks for graciously writing letters of support on our behalf.”

the Whiting Literary Magazine Award were launched in 2018 to recognize, reward and encourage publications that actively nurture writers who tell us, through their art, what matters. The purpose of the awards is primarily to recognize excellence, but also to help outstanding magazines reach new audiences, find new revenue streams, and embark on a path of sustainability and growth. The second and third year matching grants are intended to give these publications enough traction to make serious progress towards achieving these goals. For more information about the Whiting Foundation, visit whiting.org.

Edited by Bradford Morrow and published semi-annually by Bard College, conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction by emerging voices and contemporary masters. For nearly four decades, conjunctions challenged accepted forms and styles, with equal emphasis on groundbreaking experimentation and rigorous execution. the Washington Post said, “conjunctions provides a showcase for some of the most exciting and demanding writers currently at work. Named “Top Literary Magazine 2019” by Reedsy, the journal was a finalist for the 2018 and 2019 ASME Award for Fiction and the 2018 CLMP Firecracker Award for General Excellence. In addition, contributions to recent issues have been selected for America’s Best Essays (2018, 2019), The Pushcart XLIV Award: The Best of Small Presses, Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Best Short Fiction 2019, and Best Dark Fantasy & Horror of the Year: 2019.

For more information on the latest issue, go to conjunctions.com/print/archive/conjunctions74. To order a copy, go to annandaleonline.org/conjunctions, call conjunctions office at 845-758-7054, email conjunctions@bard.edu, or write to conjunctions, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Visit the conjunctions website at http://conjunctions.com.

[Note to editors: To obtain review copies, please call Mark Primoff at 845-758-7412 or e-mail primoff@bard.edu.]

Publication date : 09/16/2020