Capsule Stories is proud to announce our first-ever nominations for the 2021 Best of the Net anthology.
The Best of the Net is an awards-based anthology designed to grant a platform to a diverse and growing collection of writers and publishers who are building an online literary landscape that seeks to break free of traditional publishing. This space has been created to bring greater respect to the continually expanding world of exceptional digital publishing.
The Best of the Net anthology began in 2006, a project created by Sundress Publications (with special thanks to founding editor Erin Elizabeth Smith), to gather communities of online literary magazines, journals, and individuals that do the work of creating our digital literary landscape. Editors of journals, chapbooks, and online presses and authors can nominate six poems, two stories, two works of creative nonfiction, and three works of art for the Best of the Net anthology.
Capsule Stories Nominations for 2021 Best of the Net Anthology
Capsule Stories nominated the following two works of creative nonfiction for the 2021 Best of the Net anthology.
“One Who Keeps the Night Alive: Poetry for Insomniacs by Marina Tsvetaeva and Hafez” by Rebecca Ruth Gould
In “One Who Keeps the Night Alive: Poetry for Insomniacs by Marina Tsvetaeva and Hafez,” Rebecca Ruth Gould explores her relationship to sleep and wakefulness through the poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva and Hafez.
Rebecca Ruth Gould is the author of the poetry collection Beautiful English (2021) and the award-winning monograph Writers & Rebels (Yale University Press, 2016). She has translated many books from Persian and Georgian. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she was awarded the Creative Writing New Zealand Flash Fiction Competition prize in 2019.
“An Uncommon Connection: Reading The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger” by Yunya Yang
In “An Uncommon Connection: Reading The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger,” Yunya Yang explores reading The Catcher in the Rye while flying halfway across the country and back for a job interview—in just one day.
Yunya Yang is a writer born and raised in Central China. She moved to the United States when she was eighteen. She writes about experiences of being an immigrant, a person of color, and a woman. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming in Epiphany, Fractured Literary, Hobart, Milk Candy Review, among others. She currently serves as an assistant editor for Barrelhouse. She lives in Chicago with her husband Chris and cat Ichiro (to whom she is but a tool to open faucets and doors).
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