The Pushcart Prize is a prestigious American literary prize by Pushcart Press that honors the best poetry, short fiction, essays or "literary whatnot" published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited annually to nominate work they've published. Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976. Publishers Weekly declared The Pushcart Prize to be one of the most important projects in American publishing history. Bill Henderson, founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize, received the 2006 National Book Critics Circle's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers/Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.
Pushcart Prize editions are found in most libraries and bookstores. Each volume contains an index of past selections, plus lists of outstanding presses. Published by W.W. Norton Company, at 800-223-2584.