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Announcing the Capsule Stories 2022 Pushcart Prize Nominations

All four editions of Capsule Stories that were published in 2022 laying on a white background

Each year, Pushcart Press accepts nominations from magazine and small book press editors throughout the world for the Pushcart Prize. Editors can nominate poetry, essays, short stories, memoirs, or standalone novel excerpts, including translations, reprints, and both traditional and experimental writing. Selected pieces are then published in the annual Pushcart Prize anthology.

Capsule Stories 2022 Pushcart Prize Nominations

Capsule Stories nominated the following six stories, essays, and poems for the Pushcart Prize.


“Suncatcher” by Hantian Zhang

Hantian Zhang is a writer living in San Francisco. He is a data scientist by day.

Read “Suncatcher” by Hantian Zhang in Capsule Stories Spring 2022 Edition: Into the Light

“The Light and the Lake” by Dana Getka

Dana Getka is a master’s student pursuing a degree in history. Her work circles around notions of memory and the archive during the early twentieth century.

Read “The Light and the Lake” by Dana Getka in Capsule Stories Summer 2022 Edition: Swimming

“Unexpecting” by Anna Dobbin

Anna Dobbin is an author and freelance copy editor, proofreader, and conscious language specialist. Her writing has appeared in the middle grade anthologies The Hero Next Door and Totally Middle School. When she isn’t writing, she copyedits middle grade and young adult books, as well as fiction and nonfiction for adults, graphic novels, cookbooks, and more.

Read “Unexpecting” by Anna Dobbin in Capsule Stories Winter 2022 Edition: Hibernation


“To Lose” by Veronica Nation

Veronica Nation is a Colorado poet and artist whose work can be seen in Levitate Magazine, 300 Days of Sun, Sink Hollow, and others. When she is not writing, Veronica enjoys drinking iced coffee, meditating, and reading an assortment of books. You can follow her on Instagram at @rainandpoetry and on her website at

Read “To Lose” by Veronica Nation in Capsule Stories Spring 2022 Edition: Into the Light

“Cradled” by Eve Croskery

Eve Croskery is a writer, mother, and primary school teacher. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her partner and two young children, who have helped her to rediscover her creativity and passion for writing. You can read more of her work on Instagram at @evepoetry_.

Read “Cradled” by Eve Croskery in Capsule Stories Summer 2022 Edition: Swimming

“Dear Tree Committee” by Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark is the author of a children’s book and three full-length poetry collections. Her newest book, Kissing the World Goodbye (Unsolicited Press, 2022), ventures into the world of memoir, braiding family tales with recipes. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her website is, and you can also find her on Instagram at @jenniferclarkbooks.

Read “Dear Tree Committee” by Jennifer Clark in Capsule Stories Autumn 2022 Edition: Falling Leaves

It was difficult to narrow down our list of nominations because we published so many fantastic authors this year across four editions of our literary magazine. Thank you to each and every one of our contributors for sending us your work. We are so grateful to publish it!