The shortlist for the Firecracker Awards is the perfect indie reading list.

Katie Yee

June 17, 2020, 12:30pm

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has announced the finalists for the sixth annual Firecracker Awards, which honor the best independently published fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Mark your calendars: the winners will be announced on June 30th.



Flowers of Mold by Ha Seong-nan, translated by Janet Hong
(Open Letter Books)

Glory and Its Litany of Horrors by Fernanda Torres
(Restless Books)

The Incompletes by Sergio Chejfec, translated by Heather Cleary
(Open Letter Books)

Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok
(Kaya Press)

The Not Wives by Carley Moore
(Feminist Press)

Spider Love Song and Other Stories by Nancy Au
(Acre Books)

Tonic and Balm by Stephanie Allen
(Shade Mountain Press)

The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada, translated by Chris Andrews
(Graywolf Press)

They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears by Johannes Anyuru, translated by Saskia Vogel
(Two Lines Press)



Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin
(Transit Books)

Blackfishing the IUD by Caren Beilin
(Wolfman Books)

Codependence by Amy Long
(Cleveland State University Poetry Center)

Hatred of Translation by Nathanaël
(Nightboat Books)

Knitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernández
(Feminist Press)

Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis by Sarah C. Townsend
(The Lettered Streets Press)

Socialist Realism by Trisha Low
(Coffee House Press)

throughsmoke by Jehanne Dubrow
(New Rivers Press)

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan by Lou Sullivan, edited by Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma
(Nightboat Books)

White Flights by Jess Row
(Graywolf Press)



Dunce by Mary Ruefle
(Wave Books)

Motion Studies by Jena Osman
(Ugly Duckling Presse)

Personal Volcano by Laura Moriarty
(Nightboat Books)

SLINGSHOT by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson
(Nightboat Books)

while they sleep (under the bed is another country) by Raquel Salas Rivera
(Birds, LLC)

Woodland by Knox Gardner, with music by Aaron Otheim
(Entre Ríos Books)

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