Scoundrel Time

The Desert

Translated from Kurdish by Basir Borhani Hashoush’s younger sister rushed inside and spat out briskly, “Mom…! Mom, the Kurds will be moved again tomorrow.” At that moment, Hashoush and I were sitting opposite...

Real Names in Real Clothing

Translated from Farsi by S. Ganjbakhsh 1 In 1850, during a religious civil conflict, a sixteen-year-old girl called Zaynab who was skilled in martial arts had to cut her hair and fight in men’s clothing. She...

Girl Versus Gun: What I Learned from Dating a Responsible Gun Owner

He slept with a teddy bear until he got a gun. Then he slept with his gun. That is not what Machiavelli meant when he wrote, “There can be no proper relation between one who is armed and one who is not.” We...


By Rosie Garland and Meg Pokrass There is fire beneath our pavements, beneath our houses. There is fire in my brother’s eyes, inside my brother’s hair. There is a family in our cupboards, a scentless...

News & Announcements

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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