Awards: Best of the Net 2021 Nominees


Each year, Sundress Publications surveys the best internet writing across multiple genres. Most recently, we were honored to have three Rumpus contributors selected as finalists for the 2020 Best of the Net Anthology (Arielle K. Jones’s short story, “Sabbath“; Zaina Alsous’s poem, ”Arabidopsis“; and Ada Limón’s poem “The News She Does Not Give Him [Everyone is Killing Us]).“

This year, we’ve nominated six poems, two short stories, and two pieces of creative nonfiction. Making these selections was a challenge since we are fiercely proud of all the writing we’ve published these last twelve months. Our editors felt that these pieces are especially urgent, vital, and touched us most deeply.

Without further ado, here are The Rumpus’s Best of the Net 2021 nominees!

“That’s What She Said” by Cynthia Dewi Oka
“Like a Dish Rag Soaked in Bleach” by Matthew Olzmann
“Heartrending Waltz with Social Media” by Kelli Russell Agodon
“The Bell” by Brandon Shimoda
“Emiloma: A Riddle & an Answer” by Katie Farris
“But for the Love of God” by Alison C. Rollins

“Footnotes on a Love Story” by K-Ming Chang
“Poor People Disappear” by Ira Sukrungruang

Creative Nonfiction:
“Racism Is a Reboot: Binging Battlestar Galactica at the End of a World” by Franny Choi
“Omayra (In Other Words)” by Ricardo Frasso Jaramillo

We thank all of these writers—and each and every Rumpus contributor—for sharing their writing with us!