Pushcart Prize Announcement


Greetings New Pop Lit’ers! Instead of a story today, we’re announcing our nominees for the 2015 Pushcart Prizes!

This was somewhat of a bittersweet process for Karl and me, because we publish what we feel are exceptional stories and Pushcart only allows six nominations per publication. Because of this limitation, we’ve chosen six stories that represent a variety of writing styles. Our 2015 nominees are:

1) Jessie Lynn McMains; Insect Summer
2) Thomas Mundt; Placeholder
3) Kathleen Crane; Donnie Darko
4) Pablo D’Stair; Yellow is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, in the Morning
5) Ian Lahey; The Janitor
6) Andrea Gregovich; The Unshakable Kayfabe of Tommy Rage

Congratulations, nominees and congratulations to our other writers who helped us make NPL happen in 2014! More great things to come!!



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The Janitor

Third-Way Fiction

Happy Sunday, New Pop Lit’ers!

We’ve got a deliciously wicked story for you today by our featured author Ian Lahey: The Janitor.

Who hasn’t heard about superheroes with wacky, theatrical powers? Powers that by their very eccentricity save the good guys from impossible situations. What if the world was smothered in superheroes, but your only superpower was smarts…

 Ever heard of the proverbial ‘last straw’? The one that broke the camel’s back? Well, it’s bullshit. A straw can’t break a camel’s back; all the straws break it. They’re equally responsible. All of them.

Check out Ian’s previous story, Matt Murphy Private Eye, or his interview.

Matt Murphy Private Eye


Our first offering at New Pop Lit is here!

Matt Murphy is a private eye. When Matt investigates, cases get solved. Or shit gets real ugly. On good days he manages both.

Today he’s just got himself locked in a room by someone who shut the door behind him while he was exploring.  It’s a panic room so no windows… and the door is bullet proof.

Read the rest of Ian Lahey’s Matt Murphy Private Eye here.