Our mission statement:
AGNI is an arts organization pledged to promoting a vital “cultural conversation” by (1) publishing a twice-yearly magazine and biweekly updated website that test the edges of contemporary literature; (2) searching for and supporting emerging writers across a full spectrum of race, sex, and economic background; (3) developing a cosmopolitan perspective through emphasis on translation; and (4) building and sustaining an audience for this work and hosting public events to foster community.
In awarding the founder of AGNI a lifetime achievement award for magazine editing, PEN American Center wrote, "Among readers around the world, AGNI is known for publishing important new writers early in their careers… AGNI has become one of America's, and the world's, most significant literary journals." Ha Jin (1999 National Book Award), Jhumpa Lahiri (2000 Pulitzer Prize), and Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted) are a few who appeared in our pages first or early on, alongside already famous names such as Rita Dove, Sharon Olds, and Seamus Heaney. In 2014 Patrick Modiano became the sixth AGNI writer to go on to win the Nobel Prize, and in 2016 the Pulitzer in poetry went to Peter Balakian, whose work has appeared in the magazine more than a dozen times. His winning collection, like dozens of new books each year, contains writing that we’re proud to have published first. AGNI was founded in 1972 and is now housed at Boston University.
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Emphasizing sensibility on the page, we publish the best national & international writing from established & emerging writers
Recent Awards Received
In 2011-2013 anthologies: Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Nonrequired
Tom Sleigh, Rita Dove, Rachel Swearingen
Submit online (no cost), or mail one story or essay or 1-5 poems with SASE to Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction Editor. No submissions by e-mail. We buy first serial rights only. Copyright remains with the author.
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From 9 / 1 - 5 / 31
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