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News: 30 Sept. 2022
Updated: 17 Aug. 2023

Editorial Nominations for the
Best Spiritual Literature Awards 2023


Update, 17 August 2023:

The Cloud Sleeps on the Mountain by Linda Nemec Foster was recently selected for inclusion in Volume 8 of the Best Spiritual Literature Anthology, which is scheduled for release in early December 2023.

30 September 2022:

MacQ’s founding editor, Clare MacQueen, is pleased to announce the nominations of six poems for Best Spiritual Literature (formerly The Orison Anthology). Results will be announced next Spring, and the anthology will be printed in Autumn 2023.

As described by Orison Books (Asheville, North Carolina):

Best Spiritual Literature is an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives, that appeared in periodicals in the preceding year. Our anthology aims to not only fill, but expand the space left by the absence of the Best American Spiritual Writing series. [...] In our view, spiritual writing has little to do with subject matter. Rather, the kind of work we seek to publish has a transcendent aesthetic effect on the reader, and reading it can itself be a spiritual experience...

Luke Hankins, founding editor of Orison Books, will be judging poetry for the anthology. Additional information is available in the submission guidelines for Orison Books.

Much gratitude to these fine poets for publishing with MacQueen’s Quinterly!

Best-of-luck wishes to each of these nominees!

Links to our nominations for previous issues:

The Orison Anthology [2022 edition]

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