Marylhurst alum Erin Osborne ’10 received a special mention in the 2017 Pushcart Prize Anthology for her short story titled If This Chandelier Were a Woman.
Erin Osborne’s short story caught the eye of Pushcart editors when it was published in the internationally acclaimed literary journal NOON in 2015. “NOON sets itself apart from the crowded field of literary journals … [with] innovative, original and highly readable work,” according to the Library Journal.
While Erin’s story did not win a Pushcart Prize, the jurors awarded it a special mention.
“A special mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology is a significant honor,” said Perrin Kerns, Marylhurst University faculty member and one of Erin’s teachers. “The Pushcart Prize honors writing from independent presses and is an esteemed recognition in the literary community.”
Pushcart Prize nominations come from small literary magazine and book editors worldwide. Submissions may be poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs or stand-alone excerpts from novels. For the 41st edition, more than 8,000 nominations were reviewed by 200 contributing editors. The Pushcart Prize has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Book Critics Circle, the Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers/Barnes & Noble and is acclaimed by readers and reviewers internationally.
Erin Osborne earned her B.A. in English Literature & Writing from Marylhurst University in 2010. She has been published in Elohi Gadugi, M Review, Habit and NOON. Hear her read three of her short stories, including If This Chandelier Were a Woman (start time 40:30) in this video of a Marylhurst alumni reading (Erin’s reading starts at 26:15).