We just received the list of Best American stories and essays, and were happy to see lots of familiar names. It would take too long to mention all of the former contributors and guest editors on the list, but here are a few:
Fall 2010 contributor and Ploughshares guest blogger Megan Mayhew Bergman’s “Housewifely Arts,” from One Story, will be in Best American Stories 2011, edited by Geraldine Brooks and Heidi Pitlor (a Ploughshares contributor herself). Greg Schutz’s “Joyriders” was chosen as a distinguished story, as was former guest editor Charles Baxter’s “Mr. Scary” (both from the Fall issue), and Amy Hempel’s “Greed,” from Elizabeth Strout’s Spring issue. You can check out Greg’s blog posts here, as well as Christine Sneed’s, whose story “Interview With the Second Wife,” from New England Review, was also honored.
Kyoko Mori’s Plan B piece from the Fall, “The Pleasure of Letting Go,” was named one of 2010’s notable essays. Also honored were essays by Scott Nadelson (“Go Ahead and Look” from Oregon Humanities), and Aimee Nezhukumatathil for “Birth Geographic” from Waterstone. Both Scott and Aimee are past contributors who were nice enough to blog for us: you can check out Scott’s posts here and Aimee’s here.
Also, if we can pat the back of our own talented staff, former reader and Ploughshares assistant Laura van den Berg (whose story will appear in our upcoming Fall issue), was honored for her story “Acrobat,” from American Short Fiction, as was current Ploughshares reader Eson Kim, for her essay “Fixed Everything” from the Cream City Review. Well done to everyone!