Valya Dudycz Lupescu

Writer, fueled by coffee

Conclave Journal Pushcart Prize Nominations



I am pleased to nominate the half-dozen works listed below from Conclave: A Journal of Character for the Pushcart Prize. It was a difficult decision, and I wish I could have nominated more than six because we had a wonderful collection of prose, poetry, photography, and art in our second issue.

The Pushcart Prize has been honoring the books and magazine put out by small presses since 1976. I am grateful to the efforts of Bill Henderson and his volunteer editors for the time and energy they put into creating this excellent reflection of the best of the small presses each year. It’s my hope that any notoriety our writers could achieve with the Pushcart Prize would help all the fine writers in Conclave to reach a larger audience.

Today, I am proud to announce the following six pieces of poetry and prose from the 2010 issue of Conclave: A Journal of Character to be considered for inclusion in the next volume by the Pushcart Press, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses:


  • Ana Elsner: “Sobs For Annie Parks”
  • Justin Leahey: “The Last Christmas In Breslau”
  • Soo Young Lee: “Xanadu”
  • Rafael Migues Montes: “Gymnauseum”
  • Indigo Moor: “Taking Stock
  • Susan Petrone: “Monster Jones Wants To Creep You Out”

Congratulations and thank you to all the contributors in this year’s issue of Conclave: A Journal of Character, as well as to the editors who made this issue possible.

Valya Dudycz Lupescu, founding editor
Conclave: A Journal of Character

Author: Valya

Valya Dudycz Lupescu is the author of THE SILENCE OF TREES and STICKS & BONES, as well as the founding editor of CONCLAVE: A Journal of Character. Born and raised in Chicago, Valya received her degree in English at DePaul University and her MFA in Writing as part of the inaugural class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since receiving her MFA, Valya has worked as a college professor, obituary writer, content manager, internal communications specialist, co-producer of an independent feature film, and Goth cocktail waitress.

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