Firecracker Awards Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the finalists of the ninth annual Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). The awards celebrate the best independently published books of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry as well as the best literary magazines in the categories of debut and general excellence. 

CLMP will announce the winners during a virtual awards ceremony on June 22 at 6:00 PM EST. Each winner in the books category will receive $1,000 to $2,000 for the press and $1,000 for the author or translator. The magazine winners will each receive $1,000. The publishers of winning books receive a free one-year membership to CLMP, and magazine winners receive a one-year CLMP member subscription to Submittable. All winners are included in a national publicity campaign. Good luck, everyone!


Brother Alive by Zain Khalid
Grove Atlantic, July 2022

God’s Children Are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu
A Public Space Books, June 2022

Stories of a Life by Nataliya Meshchaninova, translated by Fiona Bell
Deep Vellum, February 2022

Violets by Kyung-sook Shin, translated by Anton Hur
Feminist Press, April 2022

When I Sing, Mountains Dance by Irene Solà, translated by Mara Faye Lethem
Graywolf Press, March 2022


Brown Neon by Raquel Gutiérrez
Coffee House Press, June 2022

Conversations with Birds by Priyanka Kumar
Milkweed Editions, November 2022

Imminent Domains: Reckoning with the Anthropocene by Alessandra Naccarato
Book*hug Press, October 2022

O by Tammy Nguyen
Ugly Duckling Presse, April 2022

Optic Subwoof by Douglas Kearney
Wave Books, November 2022


Customs by Solmaz Sharif
Graywolf Press, March 2022

Look at This Blue by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Coffee House Press, March 2022

Maafa by Harmony Holiday
Fence Books, April 2022

The Rupture Tense by Jenny Xie
Graywolf Press, September 2022

Togetherness by Wo Chan
Nightboat Books, September 2022


128 Lit

The Ampersand Review of Writing & Publishing


LIBER: A Feminist Review

Lines & Breaks


The Arkansas International


Ninth Letter


Oxford American



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Author: Prize Reporter

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  • June 1, 2023