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Four Poems by Denise Duhamel

MY MOTHER’S COVER-UP I bought one for her at Walgreens—teal blue with sparkles. She was so hunched over and short by then, it flowed almost to her ankles. I kept it here in Florida so that when she visited it...

Protagonist Syndrome

my girlfriend’s best friend is convinced she has covid. I’ve heard all her stories – I admit, there’s a good chance she has. but last week, when her housemate was sick with a fever, she had...

from The Lisa Sequence

from The Lisa Sequence Smile The obedient child will smile for any picture, will wait for the camera in the school’s cafeteria on that singular day, lined up with the rest, steadying herself, brushed that...


Jessie O’Neal is touring again. The Tribune printed another clever Jessie story. I’m sure she called the reporter. She knows them all by now. Maybe she needed to sell more tickets. The lady knows how to create...

News & Announcements

Congrtualtions! Laura Jamison’s short story “Just Her Luck” has been selected for a Special Mention in the 2023 Pushcart Prize anthology.


Congratulations! Thomas Rayfiel’s essay “Bookstore” has been selected as a “Notable” essay in the new edition of the Best American Essays anthology, edited by Alexander Chee.


We are excited to announce the Scoundrel Time Pushcart Prize nominees for 2023:
Works nominated by Scoundrel Time’s editors:

Snezana Zabic, “I Am an Elevator
Jenny Hykes Jiang, “We Followed the American Fleeing, Fled

The Escape by Seraph
Burger Revolution by Ranjan Adiga

A Thousand Times More than a Thousand Times More: a Working-Class Boy Surveys the Altitudes of American Money”  by David L. Engelhardt
It’s Hard to Be Housed” by Elizabeth Robinson

Works nominated by Pushcart Prize contributing editors:
Banana Factory by Jon Fotch
Movie Night by Colette Parris


2022 Editors’ Choice Awards

We’re excited to announce our 5th annual Editors’ Choice Awards, just in time for our 5th anniversary. Each year, the editors of Scoundrel Time choose a favorite work that we published in the past year in each of three genres, poetry, fiction, and essay. This year, each winner receives $100.

This year’s winners are:

April Bernard, “Allen v Farrow” (poetry)
Jessie Van Eerden, “Blessing for the Lice Check” (essay)
Munawar Abbas, “Voyeurs” (fiction)


We are excited to announce the Scoundrel Time Pushcart Prize nominees for 2022:

Works nominated by Scoundrel Time’s editors:
“Bright” by Marilyn Abildskov
“Voyeurs” by Munawar Abbas
Jennifer Moxley: “One of Everything”
“Bounded Functions” by Donald Quist

Works nominated by Pushcart Prize contributing editors:
“Algorithims” by Cindy Bosley
“Kill All the Bats” by Mohammed Sheeraz Dasti
“Just her Luck” by Laura Jamison


Ken Massey’s essay, “Behind the Red Railing: My Childhood Isolation,” has been selected as a Notable essay in the new edition of Best American Essays, edited by Kathryn Schulz.


Scoundrel Time journal congratulates the following winners of our special award for pandemic art, Art Against Isolation. These 7 powerful works appeared in our series, “Scenes from the Pandemic.” Each winning artist receives $100.

Award Winners, Art Against Isolation:

Virginia Beards, “April 7, 2020” (poem)

Lori Barrett, “The View From Inside” (essay)

Robbie Gamble, “Barriers” (essay)

Nene Humphrey, “Pandemic Sound Scrolls” (visual art)

Timothy Liu, “Four Poems” (poems)

Azarin Sadegh, “The Lizard” (fiction)

Eleanor Windman, “Coping on the Upper West Side” (fiction)



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