national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2011

March Madness

Welcome to the third annual plain china anthology! After another busy fall full of reading and editing, we’re ready to crack the windows and air out some new plain china material. Issue One, which launches on Monday, March 26th, will feature work  from schools such as LSU, University of Georgia, Princeton University, Bard College, Harvard University, and UC-Berkeley, Northwestern, and Stanford University. We think this year’s group of contributing authors is fantastic, as does nonfiction judge Jonathan Lethem, who had this to say: “Overall this was a thrilling group of finalists to consider, each one worthy of a salute, and speaking great things about the state of undergraduate writing.”

Essayist, novelist, and short-story writer Lethem has received a National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel, Motherless Brooklyn, among other achievements. Check out this interview of Lethem by plain china’s own 2011 fiction judge, Lorin Stein of The Paris Review, to learn more.

In other news, for those of you in the Bennington area, don’t forget to swing by the plain china launch party at 7pm on Monday, the 26th. There will be live music, food, and editors reading excerpts from this year’s  award-winning pieces. For those of you reading from afar, we’ll be posting videos and photos from the reading to the editors’ blog later this week.

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