Joyce Carol Oates’s short story, “Nowhere,” originally published in Conjunctions, is included in the 2008 edition of The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. This is JCO’s twelfth piece in the prize anthology.
Other recent JCO works in award anthologies include the short stories “Meadowlands” (The Best American Mystery Stories, 2007), “Babysitter” (Horror: The Best of the Year, 2007), and the briefly controversial “Landfill” (The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, 2007; originally published in the New Yorker). Ray Olson, an adult books editor for Booklist noted that “Joyce Carol Oates steals the thunder from her 37 fellow contributors to the twentieth edition of this sturdy annual with the nonsupernatural horror story ‘Landfill.’ Heartwrenching as well as truly ghastly, it’s about, ultimately, the collision of the American dream with the reality of a school-industrial complex that makes slaves of those it doesn’t kill. It’s a small masterpiece….”